Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I do the same with my standie, well pretty much the same :)
Only thing he could under saddle at first was rack/tölt and walk.. trot was difficult to get at that point (we're still working on not confusing tölt and trot, somedays he almost only trots, other days he only tölts and some days he racks fine and breaks off to a trot when he gets tired, but that's a different story) so anyway, we started in tölt, put the outside leg on him and rolled/pushed with the seat in a canter-tact. It started with one leg in canter and now he canters with all legs fairly easily ;)
Now we just have to learn what lead to take on what cue..
So no, I don't think you're crazy, it worked for us too. Tho I am rather insane, so maybe that doesn' say much..
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