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post #1 of 8 Old 05-06-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Turning right

So, as our trainer pointed out, Aires is "as green as grass." He's good at walk, trot, turning left, leg yielding, stopping and backing.

Turning right, however, is a completely different matter. It hadn't been a problem up until today. Oh, he's always been more reluctant to bend to the right, but turning hasn't been an issue.

So, here's what he's started doing:

When I ask him to turn right and put pressure on the right rein, he will throw his head up and throw it back and forth, trying to evade the bit. I can shorten the rein as much as I like and put leg on him hard (heck, I was even kicking at one point), and all he does is throw his head around, turn his head the opposite way, and do what he wants (which is generally go straight or turn left). Even trying to get him to bend to the right results in the same behavior.

I am asking him so hard to give to the bit on that side that a lot of times, the bit is actually pulling through his mouth because he's gaping his mouth so far. I put a curb chain on the bit (we use a 5.25" Korsteel eggbutt french link snaffle) to keep it from pulling through, but the chain isn't tight enough to prevent it from pulling through, even on the smallest hole.

Any suggestions on how to get him to respond better on that side? I know I need to ride him more, and I'm working on it. However, are there any exercises I can do with him to get him working better to the right? He's even stiff to that side from the ground (he's always hated anything to do with his right side, really).

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You sure there isn't something pain related or physical keeping him from opening that shoulder and turning?

Personally I would get him checked out as best as you can, or start doing some stretching before you ride. How is he on the ground about turning right?

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I'm not sure to be honest. I'm hopefully going to get him checked out thoroughly (teeth and everything) when the vet comes to do shots on the 18th.

He's fine about turning right when being led. He is also fine if I just ask him to turn off my leg to the right. Once I add the rein, he becomes a monster.

Incidentally, we solved our issues of going into the round pen. Turns out it had absolutely nothing to do with the round pen itself or working. The horse that was in the stall on the corner we had to pass to go to the round pen was a major jerk and would charge Aires every time we walked by toward the round pen. Aires is extremely sensitive to how other horses react to him. Now that the horse that was charging him is gone and there's a nice, quiet older arab gelding in his place, Aires will go into the round pen just fine. Lol

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Try to do some suppling exercises before you work him, such as (while you're on him) pull his head (gently) to each side and hold it there for 30 seconds or so to stretch his neck, sometimes they don't really get that they are supposed to stand still when you do this, so exaggerated 'whoa' and possibly stay by a wall or fence to keep him from moving around if he is giving you a tough time, also, you can do this on the ground with treats "carrot streches" are one of my favorite, hold a treat and make him stretch back as far as he comfortably will on both sides, and you can also stretch their backs by putting the treat inbetween their front legs and moving it back until they bend their knee, I agree with sky, to have him checked out if he is really nasty and persistent about it, either have a vet or a chiro look at him. Hope I helped!!
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must be that a tooth is hurting him. Can you put a rope halter on him, go in the round pen and either with saddle or bareback, work on having him flex right and go right? Only a halter puttting external pressure. (yoiu on his back)
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I'd have him looked at by a chiropractor for any possible issues with turning to the right. They will also give you exercises to do with him that will hopefully help him become more flexible depending on what could be wrong?

Also have his teeth looked at on the 18th just to make sure there are no issues going on inside his mouth.

And may I suggest a Full Cheek Snaffle? It's designed not to be able to be pulled through his mouth like many other snaffles can do.

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Try to do some suppling exercises before you work him, such as (while you're on him) pull his head (gently) to each side and hold it there for 30 seconds or so to stretch his neck, sometimes they don't really get that they are supposed to stand still when you do this, so exaggerated 'whoa' and possibly stay by a wall or fence to keep him from moving around if he is giving you a tough time, also, you can do this on the ground with treats "carrot streches" are one of my favorite, hold a treat and make him stretch back as far as he comfortably will on both sides, and you can also stretch their backs by putting the treat inbetween their front legs and moving it back until they bend their knee, I agree with sky, to have him checked out if he is really nasty and persistent about it, either have a vet or a chiro look at him. Hope I helped!!
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Have tried getting him to bend his head around to touch my toe. He is great to the left. He fights me horribly to the right.

I think I'm definitely going to start carrot stretches with him, though. It's just a good idea anyway.

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must be that a tooth is hurting him. Can you put a rope halter on him, go in the round pen and either with saddle or bareback, work on having him flex right and go right? Only a halter puttting external pressure. (yoiu on his back)
I will try putting his rope halter on and going in the round pen next time we ride.

I was thinking it might be a wolf tooth. He'll be three tomorrow, so he's at the right age for those to start becoming a nuisance.

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And may I suggest a Full Cheek Snaffle? It's designed not to be able to be pulled through his mouth like many other snaffles can do.
LOL! I actually just put up a thread in the tack forum asking if I should switch to a full cheek french link!

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