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post #1 of 6 Old 11-20-2012, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Turning Problems!

My horse is 5 years old and has been under saddle for a good 6-8 months. He does excellent job of turning at walk and does well in a trot, but at the canter he has horrible issues and does not listen to my leg. I have tried long lineing him and he does great at that, and again at the canter, he has problems. Any Advice? Please help me out.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-20-2012, 08:27 PM
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What's the horrible issues? He's still green. Is he picking up his correct lead?
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My horse is 5 years old and has been under saddle for a good 6-8 months. He does excellent job of turning at walk and does well in a trot, but at the canter he has horrible issues and does not listen to my leg. I have tried long lineing him and he does great at that, and again at the canter, he has problems. Any Advice? Please help me out.
Have you tried using spurs or a whip? I have a gelding who is fantastic but he won't even pick up the canter unless you have spurs on or are using a whip. I wouldn't go all out western spurs at first, but just the nice short english spurs that let him know you are there/

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Yes he does pick up correct lead. He is getting better but always throws head down or stops. I dont believe in spurs, You can accomplish the same things without spurrs...

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Have his hooves been checked? Some horses with hoof pain will tolerate a small rider and may do all three gaits but beyond the weight tolerance cantering becomes an issue. Is his trot rough?
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-13-2012, 01:44 PM
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I'm assuming he is bulging his shoulder out? Be strong with the outside leg and tighten up a tad on your outside leg. If he still doesn't listen use a whip or spurs to keep him from bulging. There is nothing wrong with using spurs. When my mare gets lazy and starts dropping her inside shoulder I stick them on, a few pokes to say "get off my inside leg" and we are done with that lessons for at least 6 months... Better then kicking her in my opinion.

It could also be a balance issue? He has been under saddle less then a year and turning, especially at the canter, may just be plain hard for him. Try gradual turns, like starting on a large circle then spiraling inward to the size he has trouble making.
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