Tripping (mainly at the canter)
I have been working with an 18.1, 11 year old Hanoverian gelding. He was once an eventing horse and then he was a police horse for 3 years. He loves the stimulation of doing multiple things at once so the police force was a bad place for him.
I find that he tends to trip, mainly at the canter, but also at the trot when I let him go on a long rein. If I frame him up and encourage him to use himself, it gets better, but doesn't completely go away.
The weird part is though, when I put him on a lunge line and let him trot and canter, he doesn't trip... like at all.
Does anyone know why he trips under saddle, but not on his own? (when I lunge him, I do both with a saddle and bridle and also just a lunge line. He doesn't trip when I free lunge him either)
Is there anything I can do to help him other than helping him come under himself? If I let him go on a longer rein, he tends to panic, trip and break, almost like he's afraid you are going to leave him. I push him through the break but some younger girls allow him to stop.