Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Faye, I know your pain!
I found lunging helped.
Dubai is very very good with vocals, will w/t/c, halt, and slow down/speed up.
So, after a warm up and the first canter, I would ask for a working trot, perhaps a bit slower, and then ask for the canter, and coming back down from it, really use my voice to slow him down. Since we have cracked this, he pops straight in to the canter.
Does anyone have any tips for making the canter straighter, so to speak?
When I first got Dubai, canter was YAY. Then canter on the right lead YAY. Then canter, on the right lead and maintaining for a circle TRIPLE YAY!
Now, when I canter, although I do like using transitions, I mix it up. Otherwise, he'll canter half a 20m, and stop.
So, trying to maintain the canter, I will take him on a circle, then whole school, then a middle circle or the circle at the other end.
For a rising 4yo, he is very balanced, and he will go in to the corners etc. with out motorbiking.
I know it is a lot to ask, keeping him straight on the long side, and I am not expecting miracles ;D
But any tips on how to improve it for a few strides and work up from there will be greatly appreciated!