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post #11 of 18 Old 06-27-2011, 02:06 PM
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So long as they are being worked correctly at the trot, then no.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-27-2011, 02:06 PM
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Let me rephrase my question, maybe this will help clarify what I'm trying to ask because there seems to be some confusion.

Is it possible for a horse to trot so much that it can negatively affect how the horse itself canters even with a balanced canter?
No. If the canter is balanced, then the canter is balanced. Some horses have a 'odd' way of moving.

I am not understanding how this horse had a bad canter?

Some horses prefer to trot and there is always present the feel that they are going to drop out of the canter.
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Her canter isn't bad, it's hard to get the feel of because she feels like she's cross cantering, but she really isn't. I huess a better word for it would be that it's strange.

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What is her breed?
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She's an Arabian.

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For what it's worth, the little Arab gelding that I broke in last summer was much that same way. I would have bet money that he was cross-firing on his right lead every time. However, my Dad watched and said he wasn't. He was just unbalanced enough that it felt that way. He did get much better with time.

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So it could be a balance issue. Didn't think about that because I thought she was balanced. I'll have to ride her again and try to see if it is a balance issue. It's both leads though.

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Some horses are just awkward. My horse, can lope like a million bucks, but he can't jog to save his life. He's got a fierce long trot, but no matter how many things I try, his jog will never be pretty. So the exact opposite of the horse you're working with. If you make the lope become the focus, it will improve. It might never be perfect; some horses just aren't good lopers. If the focus hasn't been on the lope, he's not gaining the coordination nor the muscle to do it. Simply trotting, though, will not cause a horse to lope poorly.
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