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Posted 12/8/2011 7:06:18 AM
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My horse will buck, crow hop, rear, and throw a big temper tantrum when I ask her to canter. When I get her to a nice smooth canter, she grabs the bit and takes off. My mom thinks she is too unpredictable and I might have to sell her.:(

NOTE: She has been looked over by my vet and dentist. And her saddle fits her good so I don't think this is a physical issue.
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Posted 12/8/2011 7:24:13 AM
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Is she rushing into the canter? Sometimes my gelding will crow hop when he does a fast trot to canter, because he is unbalanced. Remember a slow, energetic trot to canter.

Edit: It may be an excess energy problem: try to lunge her before you ride to get some bucks out. How often do you ride her? How old is she? Is she kept in a stall? Does she get a fair amount of turnout?

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Posted 12/8/2011 7:41:02 AM
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I have tried lunging her, I have tried everything I can think of. I ride her 5-6 days a week and she gets turned out 8+ hours a day and when she isn't outside, she is in a 10' x 12' stall. She is seven years old
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Posted 12/8/2011 7:57:14 AM


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Does she have the same behavior if you canter her bareback, or when you ask her to canter on the lunge? Does she canter by herself out in the pasture? Has she always had this behavior or is it something that developed recently? I know you said you've had a vet out, but what about a chiropractor? Do you just think that her saddle fits from what you can tell, or have you had an actual saddle fitter out?
What kind of bit do you have her in?

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I have had the chiropractor out and a saddle fitter. I haven't seen her canter in the pasture. But she does the same thing bareback but not when I lunge her. Another thing to point out is she has a long back; she has a size 80"-82" blanket, she is 15.2 hands and she has a small head. So do you think that maybe conformationally, she is unable to? The other thing to note is she didn't do this when I first got her.


EDIT: I ride her in a curb bit with loose shanks and the mouthpiece has a little dogbone in it.
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Posted 12/8/2011 5:30:20 PM


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Is it when you use leg on her that she cops an attitude? Maybe she is disrespectful to you leg and could benefit from some lateral work and desensitizing to the leg. We also have had problems with my mare cantering-so bad we had a "cowboy" come out to work with her because she would throw a fit when we cantered ( same issues you had and perfectly healthy) . I would reccomend asking the canter from the walk. If she is rushing into the canter with a very fast trot, then the canter is going to be all the faster and unbalanced. try cantering only short bursts, and bring her down before she gets bad, and reward her. I would also focus on cantering more than trotting, trot a little, but honestly a young horse with adequate turn out and who is ridden a lot is fit enough to start cantering. When she gets frustrated, and if you get frustrated, deep breath and go back to what she knows, even if it is just going forward. Hope I helped a little... :)

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Get a more experienced rider on her such as your trainer, and see if she does the same thing.

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Posted 12/12/2011 4:21:08 PM
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velvetn (12/8/2011)
Get a more experienced rider on her such as your trainer, and see if she does the same thing.

That's a good Idea! I was gonna say have a more experienced friend get on her.

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Posted 12/14/2011 9:01:23 AM


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Get a more experienced rider on her such as your trainer, and see if she does the same thing.
That's a good idea! I was gonna say have a more experienced friend get on her.

Yeah, if it's not a medical issue and if she doesn't act up when you canter her on the lunge line, and didn't do this when you got her, you are probably the cause.

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That's what I thought, but shedoes it for anybody who rides her. She even does it to my trainer!
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Posted 12/14/2011 1:24:33 PM


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well if it isn't her back thats not hurting and nothing "phisically" is hurting her,and she tries it on experienced riders.It just might be Desrespect for you or others? does she do it after you lunge her/him?


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Posted 12/15/2011 5:57:13 AM


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iluvmypintohorse (12/14/2011)
well if it isn't her back thats not hurting and nothing "phisically" is hurting her,and she tries it on experienced riders.It just might be Desrespect for you or others? does she do it after you lunge her/him?

What she said and I will add:  Do you wear srurs when you ride? I have known riders who always let their srurs brush against the horses belly when they rode and the horse was so sick and tired of it when they went to canter it turned out exactly like you are describing.


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Posted 12/15/2011 7:20:15 AM
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No, I don't ride with spurs. Yes, she does it after I lunge her.
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Fillyfrenzy (12/14/2011)
That's what I thought, but shedoes it for anybody who rides her. She even does it to my trainer!

then you've got a ****ty trainer.

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[quote]Fillyfrenzy (12/14/2011)
That's what I thought, but shedoes it for anybody who rides her. She even does it to my trainer!

then you've got a ****ty trainer.[/quote]

Lol my trainer thinks I have a ****y horse!
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Fillyfrenzy (12/15/2011)
No, I don't ride with spurs.

 Ok, we can scratch that off the list then.  I thought of one more possiblity, if you are feeding a high energy feed then your mare could have excess energy she wants to burn off, and acting up is her way of expending pent up energy. Next time you turn her out in a paddock, watch her and see how she acts on her own.  If she's calm and normal, or canters without doing anything crazy then we can assume it's a behavior problem(wich probably wouldn't be too hard to fix), if not it probably has to do with what she's eating.


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Posted 12/21/2011 6:01:55 PM


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Was your horse previously a driving horse?

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Posted 12/22/2011 4:38:32 AM
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No, I don't think she was ever driven.
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Majic used to be driven and I couldn't get him to canter for two years other than on a lunge, he was taught not to, like most driving horses. Slow down to a slow sitting trot, outside leg waaaay back, heel up digging into side (exaggerate aids) keep contact, don't let his head down to buck. After that it just takes time and a lot of patience.

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how long have you had her?  

What type of saddle do you use? English saddles put a lot of weight in just one area, so her back might be sore or the saddle's tree could be pinching her back because the tree is broken. 

 You might just have to have to use a different saddle or bit. My horse's saddle and bit have to be the right ones or she'll throw you.

Those are just some ideas.  Hope i helped.  

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