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    05-22-2011, 09:24 PM
Originally Posted by RockandRide    

I usually ask for the canter at the beginning of a corner but when he picks it up himself it is wherever he wants to pick it up. Am I picking it up where I am supposed to? Or should I pick it up at a different spot?

As I suspected.

So you ask for a canter when there is a nice huge space for the horse to have.

This is what separates the beginner riders from those that think ahead.

A straight line is your horse's friend...a curved line is YOUR friend.

So asking for a canter when coming into the short side ( or ends) of the arena limits the space available for the horse to run...count advantage to the rider. This also give the rider time to make adjustments should they choose to proceed down the longer side where the advantage goes to the horse.

Be prepared to circle ANYWHERE along the long side to bring back the advantage to you. If the horse breaks canter DON'T rush it back but PICK your spot where YOU have the most advantage. And use the trot to gain control again.

This is called thinking riding.
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    05-22-2011, 09:39 PM
Thanks! That makes sense! I learnt to just pick it up in a corner wherever the corner happens to be. If he breaks into a trot we were told to circle and pick up the canter again at a slower speed then when he breaks.
    05-23-2011, 05:54 PM

I bought a mare with this problem! She was the slowest calmest horse but once you asked to canter, hold on! Heres what I did..
When they pick up the canter to fast try backing him up and asking him again and if he is still fast back him up again and ask. You might have to back him up quite a bit of times but it really works! They instead of half halts bump your inside rein 3 times then your outside rein 3 times. Keep doing this till he slows down some and gives. Once he gives you give! :) I know of some other really good training exercises for slowing down the canter if you want them let me know!
    05-24-2011, 02:31 AM
First thing is to make sure you are asking correctly. I'm not saying you're not! I just wanted to suggest that.

Also, it seems like the horse is completely ignoring you, doing things he wants instead. When he canters and you didn't ask him, stop him. I personally love the one-rein stop as I'm sure I said. Get him to trot consistently then ask him to canter consistently. I think it is good to have a horse that is responsive to the reins at all gaits as well.

Also, I had the bad habit of picking up the canter at a certain spot. Not a good idea. Mix it up so the horse won't anticipate, like others have suggested. Hope he gets better.
    05-24-2011, 02:46 AM
You should work on the trot with him more. You need to build your confidence.
    05-24-2011, 11:56 AM
Thanks guys!

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