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I'm having a bit of a problem with my horse and I was wondering if you could give me any suggestions. Lately in the indoor arena, when I ask him to lope, he's been really cutting corners. I've been using my legs to try and get him to return to the rail, and that stops him from cutting even further, but I can't get him to return to the rail. His head will be angled all the way to the wall and he'll be running the other way.

- L. S.


Try seeing the problem from your horse's point of view. Remember, he has as much mass as some compact cars. At a lope, he may be traveling at 15 m.p.h.

Now, put yourself in his position: You're driving a compact car at 15 m.p.h toward a right-angle turn... how tight do you want to take the corner? Remember also that with you on board, your horse's center of gravity is more like that of a top-heavy van than a compact. See my point? His actions are simple defensive driving tactics.

Here are some things that may help both of you: