getting canter out of a pacing horse

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    03-11-2010, 06:19 PM
getting canter out of a pacing horse

Hi all. I have a pacing horse that just don't wanna canter. I have been practicing with him up the woods on long stretches and can (usually) get him into a canter but only from a really fast pace...needless to say this a way uncomfortable. Im used to the pace now so my body posision stays ok, but he just launches off into a really fact canter/pace where his front legs canter and back legs trot.

He will trot, walk pace and canter on the lunge but I have a similar problem with him when ridden in the school. I have even gotten someone to lunge him whilst im on him and no problems he will canter fine on both reins, so he knows the aids.

His back, saddle, bridle and teeth have been checked and all come up stumped, any ideas?

Bellybaby x
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    03-12-2010, 09:19 AM
If the horse canters on the lunge, then do a lot more practice with someone lunging you and cantering. Do lots and lots of transitions. Trot to canter, canter to trot, walk to canter, etc. Do a lot of work on that. Then just try to replicate that without the lunge. Lots and lots of circles! When he's cantering on his on in the circle, then you try moving at large around the ring.

Don't ever try to get him to canter on the trails until he's cantering on the ring. You don't want to train him to try to run into a canter.

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