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        04-04-2008, 05:36 AM
    Im also in agreeance with the above posts.
    Having your horse respond to your aids is the most important thing, him 'running on' while your asking for the canta can be a unbalanced thing, and you bouncing all over the place doesnt help!

    To get him to be responsive, you just don't have to work on the trot to canta, work on walk to trot, trot to walk, trot to halt etc. Ask once, if he/she doesnt listen apply a artifical aid OR kick (as long as kicking doesnt throw you off balance).

    Let us know how you go
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        04-06-2008, 06:10 AM
    Re: Transitions

    Originally Posted by blossom856
    Going from a canter to a sitting trot. I can sit the trot just fine. It's just the transition makes it look very awkward for a while. I end up bouncing around for a while. I need to fix this so I can do well at the shows.
    Maybe try some exercises to help with your balance; For example ridding without stirrups. To start off practice sitting trot and asking for a canter in corners. Then add in some 20M circles at a canter. I know that helped me a lot with similar problems.

    Sorry if I have repeated anything in previous posts. Feeling lazy and didnít read them all.
        04-20-2008, 06:09 PM
    You do the same thing as what you would do when you sit, you just have to be able to multi task
        04-22-2008, 09:33 PM
    I never sit before canter anymore, all my horses ahve learned the way I do it.
    My aid for canter is when I get to the sitting part of rising trot, I half halt, sit really deep and drive with my seat, while applying my outside leg.
    You have to make sure you have a good quality trot before hand, as well.
    After a while, my horses got so fine tuned that I don't need leg, I just sit super deep for a stride in the trot and they pop int a lovely balanced canter, no worries.
    Another thing that helped my canter transitions was walk to canter, it really makes them more responsive to your leg, and teaches you the correct timing in regards to their footfalls.
        04-22-2008, 11:02 PM
    Very well said.I couldnt have said it better myself. I really liked the last reply.

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