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    09-02-2012, 11:09 PM
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Smoother walk to canter transitions?

A lot of the time when I ask my horse to pick up a canter from a walk he takes a few trot strides first. How can I get him to go right into the canter?
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    09-02-2012, 11:33 PM
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Can you post a video?

I actually have better success getting a horse to canter straight from a walk than I do from a trot. I think of getting the horse to kind of build up some energy , but not allow it to fall out the front end, then "Scoop" him forward with my legs and my core, in front of me so he canters off from the first step. I am not saying this is correct or always works, and I hope to learn more from others who answer the OP's question, too.
     
    09-03-2012, 02:54 AM
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Trained
As Tiny said, you need to have the horse active, engaged and in front of your leg. Half halts to establish the balance over the hind legs, then sit deep, lift you set bone and pick up canter.
Make sure your trot-canter-trot transitions are immaculate first though. If your horse cannot balance and stay round and engaged through the basic transitions, you shouldn't be trying the more advanced transitions - you can very easily scare a horse and ruin it by pushing too fast when it is not balanced.
     
    09-03-2012, 08:48 AM
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He can do them, just not all the time. He's done great ones. How can I set him up correctly do he does that all the time?
     
    09-03-2012, 10:58 AM
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Foal
Think of it step by step and don't rush the transition by trying to do everything at once. Instead, break it down and think through each individual step:

-Collect (through half halt)
-Sit deep
-Out side leg back
-Pressure with outside leg
     
    09-03-2012, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by emeraldstar642    
Think of it step by step and don't rush the transition by trying to do everything at once. Instead, break it down and think through each individual step:

-Collect (through half halt)
-Sit deep
-Out side leg back
-Pressure with outside leg
This step depends on how you ask for canter.
My horse's canter off my inside leg and seat bone, as it tends to make for much cleaner transitions and flying changes later on than swinging the outside leg back
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    09-04-2012, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
This step depends on how you ask for canter.
My horse's canter off my inside leg and seat bone, as it tends to make for much cleaner transitions and flying changes later on than swinging the outside leg back
Naturally if this specific horse were trained to canter off of the inside leg then the steps would be different. It all depends on the trainer/rider's personal preference. However the standard way is usually to bring the outside leg back and apply pressure and thus most horses are trained to respond to that specific cue. Since it's the most common way, I assumed it was the way she used. Of course I could be wrong, but I also assume the OP would be able to change the steps I listed accordingly.
     
    09-05-2012, 05:52 PM
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Green Broke
I've always really liked walk-canter.

I think its a lot better than the trot-canter, which encourages running (with some horses) and I think it is harder to maintain the balance through the transition.

What I would do is practice. Have very clear aids for canter, whatever they are, just make sure they're not the "go faster" aid.

To start with I'd probably keep it as routine as possible. So in the same place in the arena half-halt, prepare the horse and then ask for a canter. Hold the aid on until you have the canter, then cease the aid and let them come back to a walk after a couple of strides. Then do it again and again. After a few times the horse gets to understand what you want (or at least that is how it worked with mine). Then I started doing it in other parts of the arena (starting just in corners) and then anywhere. In the beginning the preparing was a big part so they knew what was coming was different.
     
    09-05-2012, 08:45 PM
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Yes everyone, I do ask for the canter with the outside leg. I've actually never heard of it being asked for the other way, with the inside leg. Interesting. :)
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    09-05-2012, 09:17 PM
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Yep, it's just a different way of asking that tends to be most popular with the dressage riders, due to our pursuit of straightness.
     

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