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post #1 of 5 Old 12-28-2011, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Head shaking when asking for canter

I get April into a nice balanced trot in both directions. I make sure she's nice and warmed up, and I ask for the canter. She doesn't require much leg at all, because she likes to MOVE. I asked her in two point and she yanked her head down and started shaking her head around. She never broke to canter, she just trotted faster. I've tried keeping my reins tighter, and she just yanks down. Any suggestions? Thanks :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-28-2011, 08:14 PM
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Well head shaking like that is usually a sign of attitude, and not a good attitude. So, you gotta figure where that comes from. Is it just plain being lazy and not wanting to canter or is it that something about the canter feels bad, such as pain or discomfort. The horse is telling you something.
It can be just her being cantankerous. I guess you would have to see if she does this on the lunge line, when asked to canter. Does she do it if another person asks her to canter., Does she do it if you stay seated (not two point).

I think you should experiement a bit here to find out what is making this sour attitude. Of course , the first thing to ask yourself is if there is any pain issue, like an ill fitting saddle or some problem in her back or hips that is only really a problem in the unique movement pattern of the canter. Does she do this going both dirrections? on her own (unmounted?)
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-28-2011, 08:38 PM
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Maybe she is sore on here feet.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-28-2011, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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She's done it before with me. She's notorious for her attitude, but we're working on it. I was riding in a new saddle when she did it, but she's done it before in her saddle. I'll lunge her in it and the old saddle and see how that goes :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-28-2011, 08:46 PM
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Well head shaking like that is usually a sign of attitude, and not a good attitude. So, you gotta figure where that comes from. Is it just plain being lazy and not wanting to canter or is it that something about the canter feels bad, such as pain or discomfort. The horse is telling you something.
It can be just her being cantankerous. I guess you would have to see if she does this on the lunge line, when asked to canter. Does she do it if another person asks her to canter., Does she do it if you stay seated (not two point).

I think you should experiement a bit here to find out what is making this sour attitude. Of course , the first thing to ask yourself is if there is any pain issue, like an ill fitting saddle or some problem in her back or hips that is only really a problem in the unique movement pattern of the canter. Does she do this going both dirrections? on her own (unmounted?)
*nodding enthusiastically* -- Evaluating the issue from all perspectives will help you to pinpoint the cause - you can't address the issue until you know what the issue actually is.
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