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post #1 of 7 Old 04-01-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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So I have a gaited Kentucky Mountain Horse, he is only 5. I use him for 4-H in Saddleseat. He can do his walk and his amble nicely. I can lunge him to walk, trot, and amble.
I just need tips on getting him to canter. He will canter up a hill but its not that nice, pretty , rocky chair canter, its more of a gallop when I am on the flat.
I know that I need to slow down and start again but then he gets frustrated. I need help.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-01-2013, 07:22 PM
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Do you have smaller area where you can work on canter?

Or area you can make a circle while you do?

And are you keeping legs off and still, and also hands low and quiet, and seat still, or are you bouncing and jiggling? Those will get horse to speed up too.

What type of area are you riding in? Pasture, ring, or what?

And how often is he getting ridden too?

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Do you have smaller area where you can work on canter?

Or area you can make a circle while you do?

And are you keeping legs off and still, and also hands low and quiet, and seat still, or are you bouncing and jiggling? Those will get horse to speed up too.

What type of area are you riding in? Pasture, ring, or what?

And how often is he getting ridden too?
He is ridden in a field and inside a ring, I don't bounce because he's easy to sit on he's just too fast. I ride him atleast 4 or more times a week.
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Some horses have a jagged canter instead of a soft canter. It's from how they are built.

Maybe your guy is lacking balance or cross firing.

Hope you figure something out.

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Some horses have a jagged canter instead of a soft canter. It's from how they are built.

Maybe your guy is lacking balance or cross firing.

Hope you figure something out.
What's crossfiring, and if he's lacking.balance is there anyway to tell?
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What's crossfiring, and if he's lacking.balance is there anyway to tell?
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There is a certain pattern of the feet during each gait.

Walk is front L back L front R back R
Trot is Front L Back R, Front R Back L

Now Canter (on a right lead) is Left F, Right F and Back L together, Back R, and then a moment of suspension.

Cross firing is when a horse is not in that pattern.

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It's just a feel.. if he's bracing on you a lot or if he feels wobbly and not fluid then he may be unbalanced.
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A good way to help a horse canter correctly is to free-lunge them in a round pen or even in an arena, just swing the whip and get them up into a canter and have them canter around for a while. My MFT mare also had a hard time cantering because she was always asked to trot, so when I finally started cantering her, she was sloppy and hollow-backed. Just letting her loose in the big arena a few times a week and letting her canter around helped her figure out how to carry herself properly, then I hopped on and basically let her loose so she could figure out how to canter with a rider.
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