Question: Hi April, I have a quarter horse that is 7 years old (gelding) that walks, trots and canters. Turns on the forehand, sidepasses. For the last 4 weeks he has been doing the strangest direction change at a canter. He will all of sudden decides he doesn’t want to go that way and will change without any notice. Only tends to do it in one direction. He also has started around the same time running into the corners of the arena. We have no idea why he is doing this. I have started lunging him more then usual since this began and he is fine when I do it. I walk with him up and down the center of the arena when lunging and he doesn’t do the sudden change at all. But as soon as I ride him he does it. I have tried putting alot of leg on him at the same point in the arena and pulled on the rein but he manages somehow to do it anyway. There is no other reasons we can think of why he has started this. He does it with our trainer as well. I was wondering if there is anything else we can do to control this sudden turns and running into the corner. Thank you.
Answer from April Reeves: Hi Cindy, That is one of the strangest things I have ever heard, but I may have an explanation.