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post #1 of 5 Old 04-29-2020, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Canter Problems

I just recently purchased a twelve-year-old Arabian/Holsteiner mare (Anna). I plan on doing hunter/jumper on her, but I've noticed that whenever I ride tracking right, Anna rushes the trot and takes a long time to slow down. Then, when I ask for the canter, she refuses. When I finally do pick up the canter, Anna speeds up into a gallop and is very hard to stop. The same thing happens when I lunge her.

When I track left, she does just fine with everything. Her canter is collected, she stops when I ask her to, and she doesn't try to speed up. I don't want to start jumping on her until I have more control tracking right. How can I fix this?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-29-2020, 04:28 PM
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That sounds like a balance issue. I would have her looked at by a chiropractor to see is there is any issue in her body that makes it hard for her to canter on the right lead.

she sounds like a lovely horse, btw.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-29-2020, 04:44 PM
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I agree with Tinyliny in that is sounds like a balance issue, or an issue where she is uncomfortable (ie something pinching). In my experience horses that are not confident in their balance tend to speed up (or scramble) in order to hold themselves up. She sounds like shes being a very good girl by "trying" but yes a chiro might be the best way to go to see what may be causing her balance issues. She could have something out of place which causes her to be uncomfortable and unbalanced. It might be something as simple as more or less muscle tone on one side causing the saddle to fit improperly.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-29-2020, 04:46 PM
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Also, check her eyesight - speaking from experience.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-29-2020, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys! This is very helpful.
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