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    08-05-2010, 11:21 AM
Cantering Problem

I'm training a horse and for the past month she has been having trouble on where to put place her back legs at a canter. She gets off balance and will trot a few steps with her back legs then start cantering again. She usually does it around a turn. She has always been unsure of where to put her back feet, but it has gotten worse. I've been practicing flying lead changes with her. Do you think that has anything to do with it? I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions or some exercises I can do so she is more sure of where to put her back feet and is able to be more balanced.

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    08-05-2010, 02:58 PM
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If she isn't comfortable cantering, flying lead changes shouldn't be in the picture. Work on transistions to help her balance and get under herself, and trot/canter poles to teach her to pay attention to her feet. Good luck.
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    08-05-2010, 08:44 PM
As Sunny said, I most definitely would NOT be worrying about any form of rein change in canter if she is not balanced in it. Flying changes will add to the confusion and you will have one very stressed and nervous horse on your hands.

I would be cantering her on the lunge, on a large circle, and sending her forward in canter. It sounds like she is 'trantering' - trotting behind and cantering in front. Often this can be because she's not forward enough. If you really drive her on, in most cases it is near impossible for the horse to 'tranter'.
Under saddle, canter only on a large circle (20m or wider) and on straight lines, with only shallow corners, rather than trying to ride her into corners. Get off her back, put your leg on and 'choof' her up, just about gallop her a couple of times around the ring, then start to come back down onto her back, slow the canter back to a controllable and comfortable speed - but diligently maintaining the forwardness in the pace, and bring her onto a large circle.
Basically you want her super sharp off your leg, so when she does go to 'tranter', you can put your leg on and she'll go and get back to a true canter.
Forward is the key ;)
Once she's forward, off your leg and cantering true, with the canter a little faster than what you'd usually work a novice horse at, then you can start steadying the canter, shifting her weight onto her hind legs and riding deeper corners.
    08-05-2010, 08:53 PM
What breed of horse? Is there any chance she has any gaited horse blood in her background? Are you sure she isn't cross cantering?

I agree...lots of lunging work. Work on building her muscle tone. Do you have any hills you can exercise her on? Hill work is a good way to strengthen their hind ends.
    08-05-2010, 10:04 PM
She's a Dutch warmblood. And she isn't cross cantering. I can feel her trot in the back. Sometimes she'll switch her lead all together. I was cantering her tonight in an open feild and she wasn't doing it. So I think she might feel like she can't open up as much in the arena. She is 17.2hh so she has a really big stride.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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