Originally Posted by Zeke
Ok Sky, I just read the post you made on the thread about canter problems with a lease horse who is unbalanced at the canter. You mentioned your horse hopping due to a lack of enough muscle basically so I'm assuming the hop helps them propel into the canter better? Which totally makes sense....this guy is out out shape, that could be a definite factor on top of being around horses. Trot trot trot it is for awhile?
Yes exactly. They spring into it because they don't have the strength or balance to go into it smoothly.
Practicing cantering on the lunge line (without tack, then with) will help a lot. Paired with trot to canter and canter to trot transitions (lots of them) will help your horse become even more efficient at the canter under-saddle.
The mare isn't mine, it was a friend's that I schooled in the warm up pen since she was too nervous to.
Just keeping her going forward and pushing her through her attempts to attack other horses. I stayed out of her face and used more seat and leg and put her into circles and figures when she tried anything.
Being consistent and not changing my emotions. Acting like everything is the same, no big deal, and she caught on quickly.
As for my gelding, any horse in the arena and he enjoys snuggling up to them. So I worked on the same basics leg yielding away from the horses and going to and fro until I felt him quit his attempts to hover toward them. Except you'd stop when you felt your horse stay relaxed and focused on you. Once they get tense, put them back to work.
Hope that helps! It's a process.