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Date:7/10/2014 11:29:48 AM
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heyy! heck yes arabians all the way! =) and thanks for the great blog! Soooo helpful! Yeah I think he's definitely ready to start canter work. We have done so much at the walk and trot and it definitely has helped prepare us for the canter! Yeah I've done some parelli but I don't have any of their dvds cause they're so expensive. I do have a few of Stacy Westfalls dvds which are extremely helpful! Yes I would also say he is for sure right brained. All of what we did the first few months was ground work and building a relationship and trust in each other and we still do quite a bit of ground work. Especially in the round pen. He is never so fast that I am unable to control him because he'll go right down to a trot as soon as I ask but I think he gets so excited and it might be a balance thing too. He has an extremely soft mouth so I use a D ring french snaffle. Like a regular snaffle but with 3 parts instead of 2. If I could do all his training in a halter I would but since I show that's not an option. My biggest problem when I circle him at the canter is he pops his shoulder out. So I try to give him light steady pressure on the inside rein and check and release with the outside so he can't just turn his head. But since he has such a sensitive mouth it's hard to do without being too hard on his mouth. So I have been practicing trotting circles without popping his shoulder which he has down. He is actually lame right now but it's just a bruised frog. So I will be putting front shoes on him in a couple days and he should be fine. thanks again for the help!
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