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How do you cue for the canter?

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    01-19-2011, 12:26 PM
  #1
Foal
How do you cue for the canter?

This is just out of curiosity. When I cue for the canter, I use my outside seat bone to move the horse's hip over and touch my outside leg slightly behind the girth. I also say "and canter".
So, what do you guys do to ask for the canter?
     
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    01-19-2011, 02:45 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Make a kissy sound
     
    01-19-2011, 02:54 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by UWLEquestrian    
This is just out of curiosity. When I cue for the canter, I use my outside seat bone to move the horse's hip over and touch my outside leg slightly behind the girth. I also say "and canter".
So, what do you guys do to ask for the canter?
I do this, along with the cluck I use for everything. I will NOT use only a sound, and will often omit it when I ask. The horse can get confused(Think someone behind or next to you making only a kissy noise.. you don't want your horse to take off!), and it'll kill you in Dressage, WP, and Saddleseat. You're supposed to give silent cues.

Depending on the horse and the arena I'm in, I may tighten my outside rein a bit to help nudge them onto the correct lead.

With Nighty, who does not know how to canter U/S, I'll throw on a tiny bumper spur and exaggerate my cues.
     
    01-19-2011, 02:54 PM
  #4
Foal
I just make sure and sit back and make a kiss sound
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    01-19-2011, 03:26 PM
  #5
Green Broke
If you sit back and flex your torso and slightly press with your calves a horse will also go. I do that on the lesson horse but my horse hasn't learned fully what that means so it will take time.
     
    01-19-2011, 03:38 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Gidget    
if you sit back and flex your torso and slightly press with your calves a horse will also go. I do that on the lesson horse but my horse hasn't learned fully what that means so it will take time.
Do you press with both of your calves or just the outside or inside calf?
     
    01-19-2011, 04:21 PM
  #7
Weanling
I trot, get the horse bent around my inside leg so theyll (hopefully) pick up the right lead, sit, half halt. Squeeze with both legs one at the girth and one slightly behind.
     
    01-19-2011, 04:29 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by UWLEquestrian    
Do you press with both of your calves or just the outside or inside calf?

Both legs :)
     
    01-19-2011, 05:35 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Ensure correct bend, ensure quality of trot (if you have a crap trot, at best you will get a crap canter, generaly you wont get anything), Sit to the trot, half halt, outside leg back, inside leg on the girth, squeeze.

When schooling young horses I will use voice aids to back up my legs as they will have been taught voice aids when lunging and long reining. The aim generaly is that I wean them off the voice aid and on to seat and leg aids ASAP.
     
    01-19-2011, 06:00 PM
  #10
Foal
Sit down, take a deep breathe to relax the horse/sink down, half halt, bend in [unless the horse is on autopilot and WILL NOT canter on the wrong lead], press inside leg against horse, slide outside leg back. If the horse is lazy, they get a slight roll of the outside spur [if I'm wearing them.]
     

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