Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
In most cases, riding the canter is very, very easy in comparison to the trot. The problem with learning to canter is learning how to trot into it and trot out. Unless your horse is really well trained, it's unlikely that it will transition down to a nice, smooth trot with a beginning rider. In my experience, people haven't fallen off at the canter, but the trotting after the canter. The rider is stressed, the horse is stressed, the trot is rough and out of control, and it just doesn't work. Unless a rider is competent at a rising and sitting trot, as well as two point, they should not canter, and when they DO, it should be on an easy going horse.
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