Cueing the Canter
I'm interesting to hear the "correct" way to cue a canter. That is, if there is one. I know many people have different training styles and what not...So how do YOU cue your horse into a canter.
My new mare Rumor is at the trainer right now and her way of cueing for the canter is different then the way I've been riding. Granted, I haven't had lessons in years and even though I'm a pretty good rider, I'm by no means an expert. I do well in my field, barrel racing and speed events, but, I'm not really a "technical" rider. But I want to ride the best that I can for my horses.
Her way of cueing for the canter on a left lead was...
1. Get the horse into a good solid trot and sit down (if posting) before asking for the canter.
2. Put left heel into horses side by the girth.
3. Take right leg and slide it back towards the horses hind end.
4. Kiss and squeeze.
Cueing for the right lead would be opposite feet. Right heel by girth and left leg sliding back towards hind quarters.
Now, the way that I have been cueing for the past 8 years for canter is...
1. Push horses hind quarters to the inside tract.
2. Tip horses nose to the outside (so I can see the eyeball)
3. Put right leg onto them
My way seems so much simpler. LoL. And ^^^ is when I have a new horse. On my well trained horses I don't have to tip their head out, I only have to put my leg on them and kiss and they pop right into a canter.
So...How do you get your horses to canter on the correct lead.
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with
him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."