07-28-2013, 02:29 PM
| || | Cantering Out Of The Corners - Is It Creating A Habit?
Nell and I are finally working on the canter. She's doing great and can get herself going on the right lead with minimal pacing, and seems to be enjoying moving at a different gait. I think she was getting bored with trotting. But our problem now is that I think she enjoys the canter so much that that's all she wants to do. Our warm ups start slow, with walking the "arena" in both directions, circling, serpentining, and then trotting, and after all that we work on the canter. Because she's just learning, I'm asking for the canter out of the corners or bends so that she can pick up the proper lead, but when we trot into a corner, she tries to pick up the canter. Half halting usually works, but sometimes I need to ask her to circle when she picks up too much speed. Should I not be asking her to canter out of the corners, is it teaching her to do it all of the time?