bad behavior cantering issues

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  • heather_landorf Original Poster
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    hi i have a 12 yr old ottb marefor 9 months. sweet as can be on the ground and on the lunge line never a issue . But is very tense when riding always wanting to move her feet . very sensitive on her mouth . can work good at times at the walk trot ant trot poles . but come s completely unglued when you try to canter her while on her back . to the point you cant even ride her the next day . wont go forward backs up head shaking and hoping wont walk wont go done the rail its horror. i have her on ultra smart clam pellets .did try the depo ing for a few months fyi it dint work at all .what to do ? i have had her teeth looked at no issues had her saddle checked no issues no back issues . after she is off a few days she is ride able again but only at the walk trot .i am trying to make her a hunter have not tried jumping again because she seems to get un glued at times with it. she came from a bad situation i was told from previous owner . she was off for 2 yrs in a pasture .she was a hunter before she had time off . any advice would help thanks

    stockshowkid’97 stockshowkid'97
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    It sounds like she is scared and just can’t calm down. (I could be wrong, but that’s what I have gathered from reading your problem) So here’s my 2 cents worth…

    Ride her at a walk just around the area of the arena, and reach over, pat her neck and talk to her, pat her rump, do this until she drops her head and is just like “ok I’m comfortable with you up there”

    Then like the next day (I’d say do it that day but it might be too soon) saddle her up again, and review the walking lesson, go around the arena like 2 times, then ask for a trot and do what you did at the walk with the trot. So basically what you’ll be doing is riding around the arena and patting both sides of her neck, and patting her rump. So then do that at a trot until she’s ok with you moving around and being up there.

    Then the next day, you’ll review the walk (2 times around 3 if she’s forgotten a bit and doesn’t seem calm like) and then the trot (2 or 3) and then ask for the canter. She might freak out again, but when she does just go back to the trot and work on that for a while, if you have to, go back to walk and then move up if she’s ready. Just keep talking to her and telling her it’s ok, and pat her and what you did during the walk and trot. She might break the canter, but just ask for it again. If she’s freaked out and you’ve gone back to the walk/trot, then once she’s cooled down, (if your walking ask to trot and move to the canter slowly) you can ask to canter again. Chances are she’ll freak, but then you just repeat what you did before.

    Try to end your lesson on a good note and if you have to end it walking/trotting, heck that’s fine. What your trying to do is gain her confidence to be ridden at the canter, and to get there you gotta build her confidence. So just try that, and it might take more than 3 days, just give her time. And I wouldn’t throw any poles in when your doing this work, so that way she can focus on being comfortable with you. Good luck and keep me updated. if you have any more questions feel free to ask! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~If you come at it having only 15 minuets it will take all day... If you come at it having all day it will take you 15 minuets~

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    I completely agree with Stockshowkid97’s post, but I will add one more bit to it. How does your mare do at an extended trot? I would lunge her for 20 minutes before you get on, gear and all, and of course canter her for a lot of the lesson. When you ride, I would keep her as calm as can be, like Stockshowkid suggested, and speed her up a little at a time. I’m quite curious to how she reacts to an extended trot. Your mare most likely soured and suffered horrible anxiety on the track, which what is causing problems now. I’ve seen barrel horses with the same problem. It’s going to be a while before you can gain her confidence to run with you again. Keep patient and take your time, and you’ll have a wonderful horse eventually.

    heather_landorf Original Poster
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    thanks will try what all have suggested . will keep all up dated on our progress !

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