Originally Posted by faye
Has anyone got any exercises for schooling the canter from the very beggining?
Reeco is struggling to get it into his head that we have to strike off into canter and not just run into it. He always gets the right leg but we can't get a nice clean strike off.
I've been realy working on getting his botty right under him and his weight as far back as possible but he still rushes through the transition.
My favorite exercise for this is to come across the diagonal at a trot, and when you reach X, you begin a 10-meter half circle back to the wall while simultaneously asking for a canter transition. So, for example, if you were going across the FXH diagonal, you would come off the wall at F, trot to X, then ask for the canter transition while beginning a half circle toward B. Obviously, you will continue down the wall at B rather than asking the horse to complete a full 10-meter circle at the canter at this stage of training.
I really love this exercise for both horse and rider, though, because it forces the horse to take a big step under in the up transition, and it also quickly exposes a rider who is trying to pull the horse around in the turn, as you will get the wrong lead every time.
Oops! I see now that I am responding to an old thread that has recently been brought back to life. Oh well, still a good exercise for someone, I hope.