I have a few questions concerning a green horse and cantering.
My mare is my first green horse. I have ridden plenty of green horse but the owners never cared if the horse could do anything, just so long as it w/t and didn't buck going into a canter they were happy. So I'm missing some knowledge on the finer points of cantering.
So first, flying lead changes. My mare can do them just fine on her own, but I'm curious when I can introduce them under saddle. And how? I was planning on doing figure eights and slowing down into a trot for a few strides and cueing next lead in the middle and slowly lesson the trot sides until she figures out to switch leads and then move to a straight line lead changes without breaking down into a trot. Sound reasonable or is there a better method?
And there is a certain time to ask for the lead change, its the split second that all feet are off the ground right? Its been awhile since I've done a lot of cantering work, I'm going to have to spend some time just making sure I can tell where her feet are at all times while cantering.
Also, this might seem like a useless questions, but walk to canter transitions? The "trainer" I worked with while riding the green horses liked to just run into the canter by having the horse trot and do that horrible unbalanced trot until they broke into the canter so needless to say what the horses learnt by being allowed to do that all the time drove me up the wall. You could never go straight into a canter.
I've been working hard at only cueing her to canter when she is in a nice, forward relaxed trot. Is it only a matter of time before the cue gets so well learned that she'll figure it out if I ask from a walk? Or should I start asking from a walk sooner? I really want to avoid any rushing into the canter.
I do have an instructor, just we've both been very busy lately and plus with her leaving for the summer I should get used to asking someone else my questions.
Thanks for any input.