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    07-02-2012, 09:08 PM
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Weanling
Red face Let's see your gaited horse's canter!

Hi Everyone,
I have a gaited horse myself (TWH) and I just wanting to know if you cantered your horses and what their canter looked like.

If anyone knows how to stop cross firing in the canter, please give suggestions!
Thanks!
     
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    07-03-2012, 09:49 PM
  #2
Weanling
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    07-03-2012, 09:58 PM
  #3
Weanling
I don't think we are cantering but this is me and my TWH Cash ...Since you own one yourself , can you tell me how is he doing from what you see? I am just now getting him back into riding after 4 years and it's been about 8 years for me lol!! Plus can I see a video of your horses?


     
    07-03-2012, 10:03 PM
  #4
Green Broke


We used jumping to work on our canter, since she would never cross canter off a jump. We have since progressed to picking up a proper lead most of the time on the flat, but not consistently. Baby Girl's canter needs a lot of work. It's still way too fast, unbalanced, and she still cross canters a lot going her bad direction.
     
    07-03-2012, 10:06 PM
  #5
Weanling
Hi There!
I only one own, a 17 year old. Some video is posted on an old threat I have but it when he was sore :(

From what I can see: I think your guy has a great walk, he covers lots of ground and seems to be using his back well while doing it, your letting him have his head too :)

His gait looks comfortable, and he has a good head movement. He seems to be doing well, do you canter him at all?

Just work him up very slowly, since he has been off for awhile.


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Originally Posted by Calming Melody    
I don't think we are cantering but this is me and my TWH Cash ...Since you own one yourself , can you tell me how is he doing from what you see? I am just now getting him back into riding after 4 years and it's been about 8 years for me lol!! Plus can I see a video of your horses?


My MovieWith Cash - YouTube
     
    07-03-2012, 10:08 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks for the info!
What do you do now to stop her from cross firing in the canter?

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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
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We used jumping to work on our canter, since she would never cross canter off a jump. We have since progressed to picking up a proper lead most of the time on the flat, but not consistently. Baby Girl's canter needs a lot of work. It's still way too fast, unbalanced, and she still cross canters a lot going her bad direction.
     
    07-03-2012, 10:12 PM
  #7
Weanling
I haven't really got him to go fast because I am still getting back into it myself and I would prob fall off lol...plus this is going to sound dumb but I am a little scared of "fast"
     
    07-03-2012, 10:16 PM
  #8
Weanling
Oh no, it doesn't. It just takes time to get used to being in the saddle then. Work him up slowly and you should be fine, patience for sure!
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Originally Posted by Calming Melody    
I haven't really got him to go fast because I am still getting back into it myself and I would prob fall off lol...plus this is going to sound dumb but I am a little scared of "fast"
     
    07-03-2012, 10:18 PM
  #9
Green Broke
First, figure out why they're cross cantering. Baby Girl was unbalanced. And just not strong enough to canter in circles and pick up the correct lead. She also has a one track mind; she couldn't learn to go forward at the canter and steer at the same time.

After building up some butt muscle cantering poles and jumps, I got her in a round pen. I let her have her head completely and told her to canter. I didn't ask for any lead or direction; as long as she cantered. We cantered for 10 straight minutes, cutting around the round pen like fools until she figured out I wanted her to A.) canter, B.) keep cantering. In order to fulfill those things comfortably, she had to find her balance. She taught herself to stop cross cantering.
I started to insist on her staying on the rail in the round pen after that, but only picked up my reins if she started to cut to the inside.

I also found she picked up her leads better without a lot of bend through her body. I had been over bending when asking her to canter. I bent her neck very slightly, used my outside leg, and asked her to canter straight lines. (I had someone on the ground to tell me if I had the lead.) If she picked up the wrong lead or cross cantered, we tried again.

Only know are we beginning to canter circles! Big circles, spiraling in and out. Her canter was still fast, but at least we got all the leads. We're just starting to touch on slowing down to a more "rocking chair" like gait.
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    07-04-2012, 04:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
Thanks SO much. I have had so many problems with my Walker doing this-- could you send me lots of video of her new canter? That would be awesome.

After building up some muscle, you just let her cross fire in the round pen and suddenly she started cantering right? Because my guy will basically just gallop to keep his leads, and the strides will be very quick with no rhythm.

Awesome

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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
First, figure out why they're cross cantering. Baby Girl was unbalanced. And just not strong enough to canter in circles and pick up the correct lead. She also has a one track mind; she couldn't learn to go forward at the canter and steer at the same time.

After building up some butt muscle cantering poles and jumps, I got her in a round pen. I let her have her head completely and told her to canter. I didn't ask for any lead or direction; as long as she cantered. We cantered for 10 straight minutes, cutting around the round pen like fools until she figured out I wanted her to A.) canter, B.) keep cantering. In order to fulfill those things comfortably, she had to find her balance. She taught herself to stop cross cantering.
I started to insist on her staying on the rail in the round pen after that, but only picked up my reins if she started to cut to the inside.

I also found she picked up her leads better without a lot of bend through her body. I had been over bending when asking her to canter. I bent her neck very slightly, used my outside leg, and asked her to canter straight lines. (I had someone on the ground to tell me if I had the lead.) If she picked up the wrong lead or cross cantered, we tried again.

Only know are we beginning to canter circles! Big circles, spiraling in and out. Her canter was still fast, but at least we got all the leads. We're just starting to touch on slowing down to a more "rocking chair" like gait.
     

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