my 15 year old hanoverian mare likes to turn her head and look at me while we’re cantering. She also starts to canter weird, she will do this for a few strides and then i have to tap with with my crop and kick her to get her to be normal, help?
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Is she a forward or lazy horse? I don’t think she is just looking at you my guess is she is saying “no” to cantering. But I could be wrong– how are you holding the reins? Have you tried cantering on a loose rein? If you are maintaining a firm contact you may be putting her off balance and pulling on her. I would try a loose rein– Im assuming she’s bowing her shoulder out when she does this as well she may be trying to pull you in a different direction with her shoulder. Let go of the reins and see where she is trying to go– it’s probably the gate in which case there are ways to fix that but first I think you need to see exactly what she is trying to avoid by doing this
From what your telling me it seems like he might be cross cantering. If he is cross cantering just slow him back to the trot and ask him again. Cross cantering is when instead of his legs going in a line they cross each other while he’s cantering hope this helped!
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