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        11-03-2010, 04:17 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Questions about cantering a 3 yr old

    I have been working on tons of walk trot stuff with my 3yr old. I will not canter him under saddle until next year, but I want to start doing canter stuff on the lounge line. When he walks and trots on the lounge line he collects him self and goes along nice. When I ask him to canter he throws his head up and hollows his back...tips? Also, he has a nice western jog but a fast canter I want to get him to slow down.... I lounge him in a halter with no chain...
         
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        11-03-2010, 04:24 PM
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    Trained
    Cantering undersaddle will probably be easier in him than lungeing him at a canter. At three, in my opinion, a horse is mature enough physically and mentally that they can handle a little cantering. I don't lunge horses much so I can't give you advice about slowing down the canter that is specifically for lungeing but I will say that if you can control the speed of the walk and trot then you will be able to control the speed at the canter. I don't mean just getting a slow trot but being able to speed it up and slow it down. I find it much easier to control a horse when I have my legs on either side and a hand on each rein rather than standing several feet away with a whip and a line.
         
        11-03-2010, 04:35 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    Cantering undersaddle will probably be easier in him than lungeing him at a canter. At three, in my opinion, a horse is mature enough physically and mentally that they can handle a little cantering. I don't lunge horses much so I can't give you advice about slowing down the canter that is specifically for lungeing but I will say that if you can control the speed of the walk and trot then you will be able to control the speed at the canter. I don't mean just getting a slow trot but being able to speed it up and slow it down. I find it much easier to control a horse when I have my legs on either side and a hand on each rein rather than standing several feet away with a whip and a line.
    I agree with kevin... as usual.

    Right now though I wouldnt worry to much about speed. You don't want him runing around like a bat out of heck but just a nice consistant canter. Right now he needs to learn to find his balance at the canter. Remember he is still growing so he may become off balance once in a while.
         
        11-03-2010, 04:37 PM
      #4
    Foal
    This horse was a rescue horse who was pritty thin when I got him. Mostly he had the summer to regain his weight and muscles and I have just started him under saddle, although I am finding out he knows a lot! The problem being is winter is here in vermont and we don't have an indoor :( Ill keep working on the walk trot stuff I want to accomplish and if I get through that ill do some cantering before snow falls....
         
        11-03-2010, 04:43 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I also have to say his butt is about 1" higher then his withers...so maybe that is some of the issue right now?
         
        11-03-2010, 04:50 PM
      #6
    Showing
    If he is a QH, it isn't so uncommon for him to be butt high and he may not grow out of it. It does make it more difficult for them to collect but that doesn't mean that it can't be done. I will also agree with Kevin that some canter work under saddle won't hurt him at all. The thing about the canter is that you can't work on getting it smooth, collected, and controlled until after they are comfortable and able to balance on their own in that gait. They can't learn to balance and get comfortable without doing a ton of it with a rider. There are things that you can do on a lunge line to encourage a proper headset and such (though others who actually work on a lunge could go into more detail with them. I don't lunge either), but there are some things that cannot be taught on a lunge line and the horse must learn from the saddle.
         

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