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    Horse will not trot or canter

    A took a short video of our horse. He will simply not canter. Is there something with him or his just lazy? Sorry for the poor quality.

    Are you hitting him with the lunge whip? Is the horse even broke to free lunge? Why not try moving the saddle more up onto his shoulder. Or maybe on the neck if you can.

    Thanks, I needed some shambolic today.
    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


      Are you striking the horse with the lunge whip?!?
      Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!


        Original Poster

        Yes - he will free lunge in a round pen - or least used to know how to. I thought the saddle was way too forward!

        Horses can be very tiresome.


          The horse is fine. Looks like a hungry horse that wants some green grass, who is balky, and who is wearing a saddle on his neck. The handler/videographer doesn't know how to communicate with the horse how to lunge or free lunge.

          Body language from the handler is the key to lunging and free lunging. Find someone who can teach you the nuances of lunging and free lunging. They do take proper body position, skill, and practice.


            I think the well meaning but seemingly uninformed lunger is the root of this horse's issue. Check out the pony club D manual for some good lunging and tack fitting basics and perhaps get the input of someone knowledgeable.

            Which is my nice way of saying "this horse has an idiot problem."
            "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


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              Yes I touched him a couple of times with it. I was not stricking him though. For the most part he ignores it.


                I am going to assume this is a serious, actual question, although maybe it's just an effort to start a train wreck.

                As Veronica pointed out the saddle is waaaay to far forward, which may be interfering with his shoulder blades & hurting him.

                Also, he needs to be set up to work - that means wearing a bridle, probably with the reins back over the middle of the saddle & under the stirrups. There does not need to be pressure on the reins (not tight at all) but he does need to keep his head up & stop eating.

                I'm not sure how big the pen is, but if it's bigger than a round pen (60' circle) you need two people to free lunge. You should NOT hit him - shake the whip or maybe snap/pop it but don't hit him.

                He did canter for a few strides several times.


                  Originally posted by lightlee View Post

                  Horses can be very tiresome.
                  Time to trade it in for a atv. An atv will go anytime you want it to.


                    Original Poster

                    Ok I know I need to learn the technique of lunging - however - I challenge anyone to lunge and video at the same time. It is hard!!!


                      That was the most absurd video I have ever seen.....what is that all about......
                      Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

                      Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!


                        Keep that up and you're going to get kicked.


                          Original Poster

                          Oooh an ATV - now theres an idea!! No feeding -- no board bill - no vet bill.

                          I thought the saddle was way too forward - I ride Western so I not familar with the nuances of fitting an English saddle. Please bear with me.:


                            If you try a bear in the round pen with you, I pretty much guarantee the horse will trot and canter.
                            "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


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                              Does his right rear leg look OK?


                                From what I saw (not on straight line, irregular tempo, etc all makes it hard to give a definite answer), I think the horse is fine- he just would rather stop and eat some grass.

                                Why do you need to lunge this horse? He seems calm enough.

                                I actually think until you learn to longe properly that it's better to NOT have a bit in the horse's mouth.
                                If you let the lungeline drop, or the horse puts his head down- stepping on the reins/line can really hurt the horse.

                                You're not hitting him hard enough to hurt, so I wouldn't worry about that. Actually, I'd be cracking the whip and then if horsey doesn't give you a forward response, he'd get a good whack from me.


                                  Originally posted by lightlee View Post
                                  Horses can be very tiresome.
                                  As can some posters.

                                  Thanks for the funny video. what's with all the clicking and clucking?


                                    somethings NQR with the right front leg...but it very well could be the saddle.

                                    Honestly, I see a horse that is giving a half a$$ response to a half a$$ question. And I think if youhit him again with the whip he is going to turn his hid end and kick you- he already started to once-and it clearly does bother him.


                                      Is this the same horse in your other videos? I notice that you have "Bama Jog" in one.

                                      90% of western pleasure horses look lame to me, so I'm no help there!


                                        Put a lunge line on the horse and don't let it stop and eat to start with.