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    08-16-2012, 09:44 PM
  #21
Weanling
Thank you!!
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Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse    
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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    08-22-2012, 08:55 AM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    

I also found she picked up her leads better without a lot of bend through her body......
.......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.
Good post!
I have an OTTB that is doing this same thing (picking up correct lead in a straight line. He also lands on the correct lead over a jump; again a straight line). When yours picked up the incorrect lead and you "tried again," did you slow to a trot to change, or do something else?
My 6yo, only been off the track for 18 months TB has a "tendency" to get quick, especially to the jumps. His canter also is pretty quick.
We jumped the 2nd day after he was trailered to the farm. As we went over each jump, he would get quick to it. He knew what I wanted him to do and he did it (jumped)...but I could tell that he felt like he needed to be quick to the jump just to get over it. I hopped off and took things slow: we walked around the ring, we walked over polls (no problem), walked over x-rails (no problem), then we walked to the vertical (about 2ft) and he hesitated. I calmly coaxed him to WALK over the jump....and he did! When his last foot made it over (good boy!), his breathing was accelerated.......we walked a couple more polls, the x-rail, and came back to the vertical. This time he walked over it no problem. We have done this now for the last 3 days (I'll walk him over jumps before riding). His canter has gotten slower, and he is all around more comfortable in the jumping ring.
Good point about the round pen, we'll do some work there too, just to change things up and keep it interesting!
     
    09-17-2012, 04:59 PM
  #23
Weanling
I have a standardbred, retired from the track. I have been trying like hell to build up her hind end and get her strong enough to canter. She finally started cantering nicely on the longe line a few weeks ago. On Friday I took her out to the field and attempted to canter on her and she took right off in a canter! It was fast, but awesome and very exciting for both of us. Saturday we did it again, only on Saturday she was cantering faster and when I tried to slow her down she gave me a goood buck, and I came off. First time coming off a horse in 12 years!! Yesterday, we did it again and I stayed on. Now I just need to work on slowing her down and keeping her balanced.
     
    09-18-2012, 02:42 PM
  #24
Foal
My girl has a beautiful smooth canter..She looks like she is just floating along. (Sorry no video :( )
     
    09-19-2012, 10:21 PM
  #25
Weanling
Can you take some video? I really need to see some more!

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Originally Posted by ariatgirl2008    
My girl has a beautiful smooth canter..She looks like she is just floating along. (Sorry no video :( )
     
    09-19-2012, 10:21 PM
  #26
Weanling
Thanks for your post! I am working on the canter alot, and he seems to be muscling up and holding his strides for longer when he does :)
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Originally Posted by Strawberry4Me    
I have a standardbred, retired from the track. I have been trying like hell to build up her hind end and get her strong enough to canter. She finally started cantering nicely on the longe line a few weeks ago. On Friday I took her out to the field and attempted to canter on her and she took right off in a canter! It was fast, but awesome and very exciting for both of us. Saturday we did it again, only on Saturday she was cantering faster and when I tried to slow her down she gave me a goood buck, and I came off. First time coming off a horse in 12 years!! Yesterday, we did it again and I stayed on. Now I just need to work on slowing her down and keeping her balanced.
     
    09-20-2012, 09:18 PM
  #27
Foal

At 4:16 you can see her well, she's the palomino..it was a competition so she was a little nervous and was breaking gait a little.
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    09-20-2012, 10:50 PM
  #28
Weanling
Nice! How did you get her to be like that? Beautiful!
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Originally Posted by ariatgirl2008    
short program june 2012.MOD - YouTube

At 4:16 you can see her well, she's the palomino..it was a competition so she was a little nervous and was breaking gait a little.
     
    09-21-2012, 01:02 PM
  #29
Foal
A lot of work with rating her...She naturally loves to go fast and gallop. I had to get her to collect up and drop her head (not like a pleasure horse but a little lower than she usually carries it), which slowed her down a little and made her use her back end. I did little tugs and releases when she lowered her head.
     
    09-21-2012, 04:00 PM
  #30
Foal
This is Bloom (TWH) doing her canter last weekend at a show, she won champion of champions english and western, 3 gait. Bloom does a real big, real slow rocking horse canter. The best thing is, she can relax it for western on cue. No gimmicks used, just time and consistency, praise and natural ability.





I have some video but I can't access it while I'm at work.
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