Originally Posted by ErikaLynn
I taught a horse to pick up a canter from a walk.
I was just discussing this with my dressage trainer last lesson. I worked quite a bit on the trot-canter transitions lately trying to get it as smooth and on contact as possible, and since we were getting there I decided to work on walk-canter.
First, I noticed it's obviously easier for the horse to do and the connection and "smoothness" are easier to keep. Second, my instructor wasn't all that happy that I do it.
The reason she gave is because different set of muscles works for either transition. She doesn't mind me to do plenty of trot-canter, with some
walk-canter on top of it, but not walk-canter only, because it won't really improve trot-canter transition.
I did bring this up, because I'd be curious to hear what other people have to say about it.