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  1. Sounds like you have a good plan for bringing her up to speed. That mare face at the bottom is classic. Is she witchy about cantering both leads or just one? The canter strike-off is a hind foot- so reluctance to pick up a canter would be consistent with the hock issues? Hopefully that will improve with the strength training, like you said. It’s awesome that you’ve got a second rider to help with extra conditioning. I was a horseless teen and I was super lucky to have neighbors and friends that were willing to let me hop on their horses. It got me the experience I needed to get a job at a local stables and work off actual lessons. I’m glad things are starting to mellow out for you guys- thanks for the update!

    • Both leads, although she was worse one way. She flails into the canter some on the lunge, too, but less consistently. This time I suspect my inability to sit straight and support her was really playing into it. Oops. Sorry, pony!

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