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post #1 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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how do U ask for a canter

im amazed by how many different ways peolple ask for a canter (im very easily amazed obviously) every person i talk to asks in a slightly different way
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 11:50 AM
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I slide my outside leg back and kiss..Usually works.
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 12:04 PM
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There are a lot of different ways of doing this. Most of it is the preference of the trainer. Different trainers have different ways of asking for the canter.

In general, I find that the best method is to first tilt the horse's head slightly to the outside. This throws the inside shoulder out a bit, which will help you to get the correct lead. Next, sink your outside hip into the horse's back, and then move your foot a couple of inches back, touch the horse with your heel and kiss. Some horses are also used to hearing the word "canter" so if you aren't getting the message across with the kiss try that. Lazy horses (like mine) may take a little more persuasion, and horses that tend to anticipate and jump into the canter may take a little more subtle cue. This method is the standard method as far as I know, though some trainers prefer different strategies. I once worked with a trainer that tilted the horse's head to the inside of the ring in an effort to balance it, but I personally found that this often caused the horse to pick up the wrong lead.
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 03:03 PM
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What I find to be helpful, is moving my body like the horse would move their's. This will get your body in a rocking motion. Along with squeezing your thighs this can push the horse in to a canter (on the right lead).
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 03:06 PM
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I also tilt the horses nose to the outside, ask with the outside leg...As soon as I ask, I shift my weight back to the inside which helps get the correct lead.
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post #6 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 03:28 PM
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this is my foolproof way

go into canter in a corner or cut across the school

put your inside leg forward and put your outside leg back, little nudge and a click x

if you cant get the right lead with that pull the head to the inside as you go x x x

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 04:27 PM
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O.o the usual way. Haha. Outside leg and ask with pressure. For equitation, we can't tilt the head to the outside - so that is a whole other ball game (getting them to canter in a bend.) But once the message has gotten across a few times, it's no big deal

When I ride, I tend to talk to whoever I'm riding (haha, that sounds weird). So I usually say "and trot" or "and walk" or in this case, "and canter". It's pretty funny - i've tried a couple of times just saying the command and not doing anything, and it's worked. Really - try it with your horse. ehehe. *wiggles fingers* its maggiiccc....

who knows, maybe I'm unconciously asking with my body when I say it, even though I mean to be doing nothing at all xP lazy lazy lazy me.
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 07:17 PM
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the way i was taught was to slide your outside leg to behind the girth and apply pressure to the inside leg. i think that is the most common way to be taught

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 10:13 PM
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First i half halt to prepare, slide my outside leg back squeeze with even pressure, and also sit deeper into th saddle.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-03-2007, 10:59 PM
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I trained my hacks, when I had them, to be very sensitive to my seat, therefore I would just have to put extra pressure on my inside seat bone "scoop" with my outside slightly back. Similar to leg aids but only using my butt!!

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