Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Just out of curiousity, can he do 20 metre circles trotting? I would say do lots of circles, figure-8s and 3-loop serpentines at a walk and trot (make sure you mix it up; keep him thinking!). This will help him to learn to bend and maybe he will figure out barrels aren't the only pattern out there so he better pay attention to you because he doesn't know what you will ask of him next! :P
Once you have mastered that, then start trying to get a consistent canter. Start out asking for small canters and give lots of praise if he gives you a nice canter and you still have control. I would probably do a lot of transitions at the beginning. Then once he is consistent in his canter (ie. Can canter around corners without doing his weird stuff, maintaining a speed, listening to you) then take it down to a trot, do some 20-meter circles, ask for a canter, try the 20-meter at a canter.
Last edited by CowboysDream; 11-13-2012 at 08:56 AM.