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post #1 of 3 Old 06-24-2014, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Canter lead canter issues

So, Harry has trouble with his canter. Going clockwise he is really good. I turn him counterclockwise and he has trouble holding a canter and picks up the wrong lead. I am just wondering what the best way to address this issue is? Is it better to focus on softening and bending at the trot before asking for the canter? Or is it better to work on the canter on a straight away and build the canter better before asking for a circle? I am leaning towards building at the trot and increasing suppleness. Shelving the canter in this direction and re-introducing only after he is really soft and bending. It should be noted that I am a little stiff this direction too and I am not sure if I am causing the problem or simply adding to it. So, advice and tips on how to soften as a rider going to this direction would be appreciated as well.
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Cantering on a large circle is much easier for horses than on a straightaway, so definitely work on a circle. Correct bend is a must. Make sure you can see the inside eyelashes and are guarding the outside hind leg with your outside leg slightly behind the girth. A good way to get a horse more under himself before cantering is by doing a spiral in/out at the trot and then asking for canter as your are coming out of the spiral. Just be sure not to make it too small and lose his balance or impulsion. Another way to help pick up the lead is to do a shallow leg yield before the transition.

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getting softness and bend at trot on circle is the best approach.
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