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        11-19-2008, 08:35 AM
    Sonny and I had this problem last summer getting ready for our show. I went back to the beginning-we are workign on a true "collected in frame walk". My cues were NOT consistent. I couldnt get him into a consistent correct canter from a trot let alone from a walk-i agree with above-if you get the set up right and are consistent with the cues at some point he will get it and praise praise praise. The lady who is helping me now is dead set on mastering each step from the ground up before moving on.
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        11-19-2008, 02:00 PM
    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    I have seen your pony and it has a lot of issues. I hope with your vast dressage knowledge you will be able to fix most of them. In the mean time I will take the little knowledge I have and run with it.
    My pony doesnt have any issues, it can do fantastic things with a very experienced rider, its me who has issues with my pony, and I'm not saying I'm a great rider because I've ridden for 9 years, I've only been riding properly, where I'm actually learning more, with private lessons and not riding school for about 1-2 years, since I got my own pony. But sure, everyone thinks things their own way, and of course I can see that you think its a crooked way of ridding, perhaps it is, but its done no damage and for me, its only made my horse flexible, so I'll stick to that and you stick to however you learned it! :)

    I'm just posting a suggestion, wether people will use it is their own choice ;)
        11-28-2008, 02:05 AM
    Define 'not getting' the canter.

    Spurs are a quick fix. Over time, over usage will result in dead sides. I would get the horse used to a crop on the ground, so you can eventually carry one, but the bigger issue right now is your transitions.

    A horse must be balanced and moving off your leg to get the transition. From walk or trot, both of these must be achieved. If not, your horse will run through your aids and rush and either rush/run into the transition (not balance) or not get the transition.

    Work on transitions. Half halts, bending through circles. Using your seat and leg to keep the horse moving forwards.

    Hope that helps:)
        01-08-2009, 07:44 PM
    I was going to say a crop until you said it spooks her.

    I would ask for the transition, and if she doesn't do it, bring her to a halt and try again.

    Maybe a kick if necessary?
        01-08-2009, 08:52 PM
    Originally Posted by SonnyWimps    
    a kick is never necessary

    True that, horse goes forward by voice, and I use my legs for yeilding, walk to canter, straightness and sometimes change in pace, its a training thing, your leg shouldnt leave your horses side, you should be able to nudge with your calves

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