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    12-06-2010, 09:52 PM

My horse is really unbalanced lopeing his one way is so bad it feels like he's on the wrong lead, are there any exorcises I could do to help him? He's gotten better his one way but the other is still pretty bad. Any suggestions?
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    12-07-2010, 12:38 PM
Just work in that direction little by little. His muscles are week to that side so they have to build up along with his coordination. Circles circles circles. You can't do to many circles this will help him bend more to that side and work the muscles even more. Do spirals as well that will help. Is he is the same way at the trot.... fix that first then move on the canter. You fix the trot the same way just work and circles and bending exercises to that side.
    12-07-2010, 03:25 PM
Thanks ill remember to do lots of circles:) his trot is good and his lope was worse befor its just his one way is still pretty bad.
    12-07-2010, 05:10 PM
Yep, circles. You also want to make sure that he isn't on the wrong lead. Some horses are very stubborn about one lead or the other and will go around on the wrong one unless you correct it.
    12-07-2010, 09:10 PM
I can normally tell when he is on the wrong lead if not I lean over to check or I ask someone, he's pretty good with getting his lead, I rode him today and his lope was bad at first but I did some circles and bending and he felt way better near the end.
    12-08-2010, 01:06 PM
Originally Posted by westerncowgurl    
i can normally tell when he is on the wrong lead if not I lean over to check or I ask someone, he's pretty good with getting his lead, I rode him today and his lope was bad at first but I did some circles and bending and he felt way better near the end.
good just keep doing that. Also something my horse did when I taught him flying changes is he would cross canter. Meaning his front legs are on the correct new lead but his hind legs are still on the opposite lead. It will feel real jerky and almost like a 4 beat gait instead of 3 it wont be one fluid motion it will be 2 choppy motions put together. Just something to make sure he is not doing that. If he is drop to a trot and ask again.
    12-08-2010, 01:29 PM
I don't hink he's doing that but ill try to feel it, my riding instructer has been off for a while and I have my first lesson on saturday ill ask her if he is cross cantering
    12-08-2010, 01:32 PM
There are so many exercises you can do, but going along with the circles as everyone has mentioned you could add some poles into it as well. Just start with one pole somewhere along your circle (at least 20m circle, if not bigger). This will really help build those muscles. Eventually you can add another pole on the opposite side and so forth. It makes doing circle work a bit more interesting ;)

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