What is a counter canter ?

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    12-16-2012, 07:52 AM
What is a counter canter ?

What is a counter canter ? My lease horses previous owner said he did counter canter. So I would like to know what counter canter is. Btw I know I could just look it up on youtube but my downloads are running slow :( and I don't trust google for looking up this, as I looked up some other things about horse riding techniques that I knew about and the stuff on google was wrong, or didn't show 2 sides.
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    12-16-2012, 08:40 AM
It is when the horse canters on the "wrong" lead, with the bend in their body to the outside, intentionally. In dressage, it is a fairly advanced movement, and calls for the horse to be listening to the rider and not just following their own ideas - they must not "auto change".
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    12-16-2012, 09:22 AM
Chiilaa summed it up nicely. Although, I didn't know it was an advanced maneuver, we always worked on it with our horses in lessons.
    12-17-2012, 11:05 AM
Thanks I will see if I can get ma horse on the wrong canter lead.
    12-17-2012, 11:14 AM
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I can't improve on the posts already made and its always good to be advancing yourself and your horses but unless your horse is well balanced and flexible and 100% responsive to normal lead and lead changes I would put this one on the back burner for a while!!!
    12-17-2012, 08:31 PM
Yeah he nearly allways goes on the correct lead (in the arena not when bolting around in the paddock while jumping) , I have done a couple of flying changes with him when I have asked, but because I didnt keep working on the flying changes he is rusty on that. I will work on flying changes before counter canter, but he learns really fast and he is very fit, forward and good on both sides of his body to be bent. I think he is actually pretty educated in dressage but I have other prioraties that would come before counter canter like improving extended trot and all extensions of each gait really.
    12-17-2012, 08:41 PM
If you ever compete in a "Command Class", that is something they ask for, thins the class quite a bit, not many can do it.
    12-18-2012, 05:41 AM
Rode the horse today, and asked for counter canter he responded correctly 2 times out of 3 so I guess he still remembers it. Also tried doing some flying changes :( but didn't get any. Happy I got correct lead changes though. Also worked through all gaits extending and I think I got a really good extended trot ! I just need an instructor to let me know what they think. Any ways it felt like I was floating across the ground in extended trot or lengthened trot what ever it was he was trying his best ! XD

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