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post #11 of 41 Old 07-04-2012, 05:11 PM
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what I have noticed in young TWH's is that they won't canter untill they are comftorable with themselves and you. Get her into her running walk and wask her to canter make her go faster(even break t oa pace) but don't canter then bring her back down to a walk. Then reapeat that eventully she will want to canter and will do it but do the excersize for about 20 minutes before you attemt to ask her to canter.
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post #12 of 41 Old 07-04-2012, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ok-thanks! He will actually just trot really fast!
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what I have noticed in young TWH's is that they won't canter untill they are comftorable with themselves and you. Get her into her running walk and wask her to canter make her go faster(even break t oa pace) but don't canter then bring her back down to a walk. Then reapeat that eventully she will want to canter and will do it but do the excersize for about 20 minutes before you attemt to ask her to canter.


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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.

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****, I would really love to, but my mare is recovering from an azoturia attack. It's going to be a while before we canter again. I'm not sure if there was any damage to the hind muscles yet; going back to the vet in a couple days. I might have to restart/rebuild.

HOWEVER, here's another video taken a couple weeks after the one I showed you before. Still taking leads off the jumps, but she had just began to hold her canter through turns. Her canter was still FAST, but improving at this point.


In our round pen work, she didn't immediately not cross canter. It took five minutes of cantering, going back to a trot once in a while, and asking her to canter again to get both leads. I also had to bite the bullet and let her canter FAST for about ten minutes. She learned to slow herself down. If her canter started to disintegrate and she lost her lead in the back, I moved her back into a crazy gallop. Form before speed.
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Thanks for all your help!
How old is she? My guy probably has a little arthritis, but he seems to be doing well on MSM, I plan to bring him into a specialist at the end of the month for possible hock injections/ask them what I should do to get a nice canter our of him.

Do you feel she has any pain at all? Or just lack of muscle?
I will try the round penning on Saturday, once it isn't 100 degrees

My guy does that gallop too :(

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****, I would really love to, but my mare is recovering from an azoturia attack. It's going to be a while before we canter again. I'm not sure if there was any damage to the hind muscles yet; going back to the vet in a couple days. I might have to restart/rebuild.

HOWEVER, here's another video taken a couple weeks after the one I showed you before. Still taking leads off the jumps, but she had just began to hold her canter through turns. Her canter was still FAST, but improving at this point.

"Canter to the next jump." - YouTube

In our round pen work, she didn't immediately not cross canter. It took five minutes of cantering, going back to a trot once in a while, and asking her to canter again to get both leads. I also had to bite the bullet and let her canter FAST for about ten minutes. She learned to slow herself down. If her canter started to disintegrate and she lost her lead in the back, I moved her back into a crazy gallop. Form before speed.


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Super great info, BRIGHTEYES - you just practically gave me my very own personal lesson!

I have a blue-blooded MFT. He has a lovely dogwalk, a great foxtrot (when he's warmed up), a pretty decent pace (when he's NOT warmed up - LOL! But it is one you can actually ride and be comfy in and not too side - to - side) and then canter? How dare you say such a dirty word!

HAHA!

He can canter - but it's like driving a semi down a road with all of the tires flat, if you can imagine. And you do have to collect him up or he will cross canter like crazy. It's just a matter of work and flexibility exercises (your pole work sounds like a great idea) to work him out of it, I know but to be honest, that intermediate gait is all I ever need.

Those gaited horses - you know how they are - they pass everyone up that you are riding with and they aren't even going fast!

Just wanted to thank you for your post - I'm going to try all of those things. Maybe I can air up those flats! You gave me motivation!
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^^ I did?

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Yup, my Racking mare canters pretty nicely It feels a little weird at first, but I've gotten pretty use to it.

And as proof, here is her all natural rack Looks so much more at ease than those big lick shows if you ask me

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I have 10 Peruvians and some canter better than others. In the show ring, Peruvians are never cantered. So with traditional Peruvian training they are never taught to carry a rider and canter. Since I don't do the show stuff and like to canter, I teach mine that cantering is OK. The ones that canter well have a nice little slow park canter; the ones that canter poorly do a gallop or a cross canter/half gait rough something. Consequently I enjoy cantering on the ones with nice canters and stick to the gait on the horrid canterers. Peruvians can gait quite fast so I am not missing any speed.
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