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post #11 of 17 Old 07-15-2012, 04:55 PM
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I already have a riding instructor, and I ride as much as I can.
If you have an instructor, instructor should teach you the canter and explain all cues. Do you canter at your lessons already? Are you ready to canter at all? Unless you have basics established on walk and trot (how to turn and stop including), it's better not to go to the canter.
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If you have an instructor, instructor should teach you the canter and explain all cues. Do you canter at your lessons already? Are you ready to canter at all? Unless you have basics established on walk and trot (how to turn and stop including), it's better not to go to the canter.
Yes I can canter, just been told different things and wondering which was the best method.
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Yes I can canter, just been told different things and wondering which was the best method.
I don't think there is any "best" method, though everyone will likely tell you that their way is best. It also depends on the horse. I've been taught many different methods over the years, and I've learned that sometimes one method works better on a particular horse than another.
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These are very vague descriptions - are you looking for something a little more in-depth? How experienced are you? There are lots and lots and lots of things to consider when asking for the canter besides your legs/hands.
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Agree that it depends. My instructor started me and Huey with cantering with that "sitting the trot" and *entering* the corner (rather than exiting it like the others said). But his trot is gigantic and he's prone to star-gazing which makes his back hollow - and that isn't helped by having someone attempt to sit his trot (not just me - even my trainer has a hard time with sitting his trot) - and that meant that I was having to try to get my leg into position for the request WHILE bouncing, and it meant that every time we got into the canter, I had to spend the first several strides regaining my seat from the sitting trot transition.

I did some experimenting on my own one day, and discovered that it is MUCH easier for both of us if I ask him to canter from a walk. When I do, I just ask him for some extra movement in his walk, I do a half-halt, and then I reach back with my outside leg and just touch him behind the girth, and he picks the canter up right away, smooth as glass. Or, that's how it is 90% of the time. :P The other 10% of the time, he busts out into this rocket-speed trot instead, and I have to bring him back to the walk, give him a kick behind the girth with that outside leg, and then ask for the canter again. Never have to do this twice.

I know at some point I'm going to have to learn to sit his trot, but thinking that I couldn't canter without sitting that super-size trampoline trot held us back for months.
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The way I have always been taught and the way my daughter is being taught now is closer to ThursdayNext's post. A half-halt while at the walk then pressure with the outside leg. However, add in pressure on the outside rein as well. Just enough until you see a bit of the outside eye.

Maybe it's because I learned on Saddlebreds and she is riding Arabs?
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-24-2012, 11:51 PM
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Tell your instructor your a little confused. That's what they are there for! To make you a better rider and have better horsemanship :)
What I do is SQUEEZE (no kicking for this) with your outside leg, behind the girth usually but some horses it won't matter. The outside leg is the one closest to the rail. Also give a tiny bit of outside rein.
You don't kick with both legs because it will help them get on the correct lead.
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