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post #1 of 5 Old 03-30-2011, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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New to the canter

Can anyone give me tips on the canter? I have recently started practicing it, and I was able to sit in the saddle on the first time without bouncing, but I still don't feel very connected to the horse. My goal is to be able to ride it somewhat subconsciously, like I learned to do with a trot.
Riding the canter also just sort of came naturally, so I don't really know that much about the canter. Can someone also explain the different leads? I know how to tell which lead a horse is at the canter, but I don't know what to do at which lead. (Leg movement, pressure, etc.)
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-08-2011, 07:37 PM
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To tell how your horse is on the correct lead you can look down at the horses shoulders and which ever one seems to be stretching the furthest is the lead your horse is on. If his inside shoulder is leading then you are on the correct lead, if one the wrong lead simply transition down and try again. Sitting for the canter is simple you must sit deep in your saddle and allow your upper body to relax while holding your correct equitation. Keeping your outside leg on to keep your canter going and use your inside leg as a way to hold your horse together. Remember to sit deep and go with your horse not against him/her..
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To tell how your horse is on the correct lead you can look down at the horses shoulders and which ever one seems to be stretching the furthest is the lead your horse is on. If his inside shoulder is leading then you are on the correct lead, if one the wrong lead simply transition down and try again. Sitting for the canter is simple you must sit deep in your saddle and allow your upper body to relax while holding your correct equitation. Keeping your outside leg on to keep your canter going and use your inside leg as a way to hold your horse together. Remember to sit deep and go with your horse not against him/her..
Thank you! This helps a lot (: But just one more question, how do you change a lead if you have it wrong?

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For now, you just go back down to the trot and then when you're ready, ask him to canter again. My trainer always told me to ask just as you're going around the corner, it really helped my horse to pick up the right lead. If you have the wrong lead, it will feel horribly choppy and out of balance, and they'll probably drop back down to the trot anyway since it's hard work.
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For now, you just go back down to the trot and then when you're ready, ask him to canter again. My trainer always told me to ask just as you're going around the corner, it really helped my horse to pick up the right lead. If you have the wrong lead, it will feel horribly choppy and out of balance, and they'll probably drop back down to the trot anyway since it's hard work.
Yeah, I usually always start a higher gait at a corner.

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