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post #1 of 7 Old 08-18-2011, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Proper canter cue

I have just started teaching my 5 year old RMH Saro to canter on cue. She will go into a canter if I go hands forward, cluck to her, squeeze my legs and push with my seat but I'm not sure if I'm doing it properly. Is there a "standard" cue that's universal to riders? I hope I never have to sell her but I want her to know the proper cue. I can cue her to walk and trot (well not really trot but fast gait) and she will stay at that speed till I ask her to slow down. When I ask for the canter she will stay for about half way around the arena and stop before being asked to slow. Any help?
FYI she's had a stifle lock issue since she was about 2-3. It locks when she is standing in one place for awhile but not when she's in motion.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-18-2011, 04:18 PM
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it depends on what discipline you ride in

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The proper cue you're looking for, is when you're in a ring, you wanna ask for the inside lead. So you tilt their head to the inside, apply leg pressure with your outside leg behind the girth, and apply pressure with your inside leg closer to the girth. This makes then engage their hind end, so you're technically pushing them into the canter. Hope this helps, and I'm currently teaching my horse how to respond better to my canter cues also :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-19-2011, 04:36 PM
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Applying aids from walk to trot to canter.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-19-2011, 11:45 PM
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Vida, that's an interesting question I just discussed today with my trainer. In fact cues can be different depending on horse. The standard one is you establish a nice forward trot with bend on circle and then ask for canter with your leg/seat (inside leg is asking, outside stays behind the girth).

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Thanks everyone, I'll start working her into it that way. I knew a YEEEHAAA wasn't the correct thing to do. She goes easily into a fast gait/trot so hopefully this transition will be just as easy.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-25-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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I took Saro out on the trails today after some work in the arena and every time I cued her to canter she did it perfectly. Thanks so much for the help.
Special thanks to Spyder, I printed off your instructions and studied them to memory. You did such a good job of explaining in a way I could understand.

And just for bragging, she has a sweet little canter

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