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post #11 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Cobalt View Post
Does she ever canter in turn out?

Truthfully she is boarded and I rarely see her in turnout. I do know that the barn owner said her and her fence partner kicked up their heels every once in a while..

I should add that I had a friend of mine who is a tad more experienced come out and help me one day and she got her to canter on the lunge line, like in a whole circle! ;) So I know it must have something to do with me as well...
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-27-2010, 03:17 PM
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Cantering up hill is usually easier for most horses. Fine a gentle incline, trot toward it, then ask for more speed as you're going up.

Also, I would start her on some joint supplements. She could have something going on that the vet couldn't find. I'd put her on 1 gm of MSM daily along with a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement. Has she been looked at by a chiropractor? If not, I'd have her looked at ASAP. Her hips or pelvis could be out of whack.
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-28-2010, 02:00 PM
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By coincidence I just heard of a horse who, as the owner told her clinician, "doesn't canter." He was 12. She'd had him his whole life, and she could never get him to canter more than a few strides. Finally, she forced her vet to take a blood test (they hadn't thought it necessary) and guess what, he has an under-active thyroid! So now he's getting some meds, and I understand he's a different horse. Something to consider!
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-02-2010, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so I was really discouraged the other night as I went to work with her and she was in season and her not moving forward issue was even worse! However I asked the barn owner to keep her in for me last night and when I brought her out today she had energy! I still had to work to get her to canter, but not nearly as hard. Phew! I think there is hope! We are taking her to the beach on Saturday so I will be able to test the wide open spaces theory. Thanks for all the tips!
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-02-2010, 11:16 PM
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My boy and I had this issue at first. He would trot, almost PACE really, before he ever really transitioned, and he would "linger" in that void between trot and canter for a stride or two. In the end, he just wasn't balanced and did not feel confident (and it didn't help that I anticipated it).

Try not to anticipate it. Be very, very clear, sit, and not only ask for canter, THINK canter. "Kiss" to her if you need to. If you have a dressage whip, maybe give her a little tap if she does not respond. Try to make the transitions clean, and if you can avoid it don't let her take of from an "extended trot" of sorts that they tend to get into. If she gets into that gait, bring her back down and organize her and try again. And praise, praise, praise. I have a video of me and Jack working on our canter from last week's lesson, if you'd like to see it - feel free to PM me.

Right now, we have only been cantering for a few weeks, and he's got clean transitions left most of the time, but he's difficult to the right.

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