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    11-11-2011, 04:52 PM
Help for cantering

Hi, can anyone give me any advice on improving my horses canter under saddle?
Our trot work [and everything else] is really good but when I cue him to canter he lunges onto his forehand and tends to buck and hop a few times especially if I have a contact with my reins [always a very light contact] I figure I have to do some work to get him off the forehand. Any ideas???
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    11-11-2011, 05:19 PM
Green Broke
Have you had his back and saddle checked recently to make sure it fits and isn't pinching him when you ask for canter?
    11-11-2011, 06:26 PM
No, he had an issue with saddle fit this summer[typical hard to fit TB high withers slight hollows on either side of his withers etc.] I got a new saddle that seems to fit him. I tryed to find a saddle fitter but no luck around here. He also does this when I ride him bareback. He doesn't always do it though most of the time he does but not always. I wonder if he might also have striking off into the canter because after the rotten transition he's fine.
    11-11-2011, 09:24 PM
Fix it on line. It's a timing and feel issue. Tell him to go (into the canter) but not like that. The signals are so close that most people think they can't give them, but that's the reason to do it on line so you can watch the horse and know that you were late. Plus, you won't have to ride the bucks out, you can do that on the ground. It will take you some time to get your timing right and then you will have to give your horse time to figure out what you now mean, but you'll be a much better horseman for taking the time to figure it out.

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