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post #1 of 11 Old 03-20-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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how to get a quiker responce to canter?

When i sit and squeese for my horse to canter , he just goes into a really fast trot , he has a brilliant walk to canter but wont go from trot! , does anyone have any tips on how to get the canter quiker?

thanks in advance!
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Smack him on the butt with the reins and kiss. He'll know what it means ;)
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Your horse should immediately strike out into a canter if he's broke, only time you allow them to trot into it is when they are green & still learning. If he doesn't respond to your canter cue, smack him right behind your leg with your riding crop.
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When i sit and squeese for my horse to canter , he just goes into a really fast trot , he has a brilliant walk to canter but wont go from trot! , does anyone have any tips on how to get the canter quiker?

thanks in advance!
You have heard of half halts and such?
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What discipline are you riding? What is your horse's training history?

Not all horses will break into a canter with a sit and a squeeze - my horse will just trot faster. Some horses need to be cued in a specific way. For example, most horses I work with are cued to canter by sliding your outside leg a little back.
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-21-2012, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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I ride English , my horse is a dressage horse but can be a bit lazy at times so I'm just trying to sharpen him up abit! I'll try using a whip behind my leg :) thanks everyone
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What's the sequence of aids that you are giving him to ask for a canter?
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-21-2012, 06:22 AM
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When I go into the sitting trot to ask, I do the seat motions as if they were cantering, it normally works (as long as you have the correct leg aids).

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-21-2012, 10:25 AM
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I would try going walk to canter for a while (unless the horse is really young, green, or unbalanced). It should help you refine your signal, and your horse to understand that your signal does NOT mean fast trot....
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