Cantering Out Of The Corners - Is It Creating A Habit?

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    07-28-2013, 02:29 PM
Question 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?
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    07-28-2013, 02:36 PM
This isn't terribly uncommon with young horses. You do a thing a few times in a row and they start anticipating, trying to do what you ask before you ask for it. If you ask her to lope out of the corner every time you trot to one...or if you always ask for the lope out of the same corner, then it can develop a habit.

Asking for it coming out of a corner isn't a bad thing, but I would only ask for it once out of every 4-5 corners...and always a different corner. That way, she'll learn to wait for your cue before going on.
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    07-28-2013, 02:40 PM
Yep, smrobs beat me too it.

Mix it up sometimes. Also, trot a circle in the middle of the arena and picking up the lead will help too. Picking it up on circles will get you the correct lead and give you something else you can use as a tool. Just don't be afraid to do something different, and never pick up the lead if you feel she's anticipating. If she goes into the canter without your permission, stop and back her up.
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    07-28-2013, 02:45 PM
The field we ride in is pretty long, but I cut it in half because it's so big and the neighbors dogs aren't too pleasant, so sometimes it's hard to turn her when she gets her big race pace going and we end up turning a little past the usual corner, and she'll still pick it up then. I've noticed that she's only trying to pick it up in the far corners and one in the top. I'm trying to mix things up with her so she'll stay trotting until I ask her to canter. She at least gives me a little warning because she'll counter bend the corner before she takes off. << I could also use some advice on fixing that.

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