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post #1 of 12 Old 01-17-2007, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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urgent canter help

I have an eight year old throughbred. He is quite the handfull but we have finally gotten him to give us a good walk and trot. The canter however is a different story.

Whenever I ask for a canter he will give me one, maybe two strides then starts bucking in between strides. Very rarely I am able to get him into a nice relaxed canter it only holds for a little while because I am already worn out and can't keep my leg on him. I usually ride with a whip but he over-reacts if I have it when I ask for a canter, so I don't usually use it when I am asking for one.

If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-17-2007, 09:53 PM
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How often is he exercised?
What is he fed?
Have you checked for pain?

I suspect pain.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 12:40 AM
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I have almost exaclty the same problem with my horse Dinado. I did a lot of lunge work with him at the canter, with and without a saddle on. Eventually I had an expierenced rider get on him, still on the lunge line, and worked with him until he would canter with her on him. Eventually I was able to get him to do it even off of the lunge line. He is now a fantastic dressage horse and is moving along great, he still pitches a fit every once in a while but you can't be perfect haha. Just be patient and work him as often as possible.

Good Luck! :)
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 02:11 AM
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My first thought when reading through all this, was pain (great minds think alike Kristy! LOL!)

My mare used to canter with her head cocked, and eventually crow hop.. she was in a LOT of pain, she just didnt want me to know until it became too unbearable. Bless her heart =/

I'd recommend having a vet check his back, and all his legs/shoulders to see if there is a problem =/

Good luck hun!

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Originally Posted by Skippy!
My first thought when reading through all this, was pain (great minds think alike Kristy! LOL!)
It's true, it's true!
Pain will always show up in a canter.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 07:17 PM
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Myke use to buck with me in the canter, then I relized he was in pain...

He was getting pinched by the girth....
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 08:45 PM
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I would suggest getting a chiropracter before a vet, If your horse is out somewhere it's his way of telling you.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 08:51 PM
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I would suggest getting a chiropracter before a vet, If your horse is out somewhere it's his way of telling you.
I disagree. Chiro has limited knowledge. The vet would be able to assess more areas and possibilities.
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 10:14 PM
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A chiro only knows backs...(if that...) a Veternarian may be able to find pain in other places, for example- Mouth, Poll, Girth area, back....Whatever.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-22-2007, 12:12 PM
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Hey, my horse had a huge bucking problem. His past owner had apperently got off him when he started to buck. Well ha...he figured that didnt work with me. Lots of cantering work...losts of falling...keeping him going. He simpy wanted to get owt of the work of cantering. If he bucks and you are positive their is no pian problems. KEEP HIM GOING!! Dont let him come back to a trot after a buck. Thats a sign he is trying to get out of work. Force his butt back to a canter. And when he bucks just lean back adn ride it though. He will eventually figure out that even if he does get u off or bucks he will still have to work, but harder.
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