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    07-09-2007, 09:08 AM
Standarbred and cantering

I have a 11 yr old standardbred gelding who is an ex-trotter now he definitely knows how to canter because he canters around in his paddock. When I used to ride him if I let him go as fast as he could he would go straight from his fast trot to what I thought was a gallop because it was really fast n felt like a gallop but I am not sure because I havent galloped on any other horse I have heard ex-trotters have a 4 beat canter do you think what I thought was a gallop is actually a canter and can I train him to enter a slower canter from a slower trot? Thanks for your help it is much appreciated
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    07-09-2007, 10:29 AM
Have you tried using half halts when he goes into this canter/gallop. This should help balance him up and hopefuly encourage him into a more balanced canter. Also if when he starts to do this gait ask him back into a trot adn wait till that is going nicely and then ask again for a canter. I know this isnt much but this is what I did when was working a friends standardbred who had a similar problem (and I never worked out quite what gait he was dong )
    07-10-2007, 05:04 PM
Are you sure he is a trotter and not a pacer?
If he is a trotter, you are going to have a much easier time in training. I would first recommend a trainer to help you. Secondly, I would train him to recognize voice commands when lunging. Eventually, by doing this, you can verbally ask for the canter when riding. However, since I get a sense of the fact that you are a beginner rider, I don't think a lot of progress will be made without someone's help. Good luck, though.
    07-11-2007, 06:35 AM
I am only 14 and am at an intermediate stage in riding. Yes he is a trotter. I live about 4 hours from a good trainer that would be able to help me but the cost of this would be more than I can afford
    07-12-2007, 12:44 AM
Then I would stick to voice commands and huge amounts of praise when breaking through to the canter. Good luck.
    07-14-2007, 06:32 PM
"ex-trotters have a 4 beat canter"

That is a lie.
Here is a movie on a ex-trotter who became the best dressage ex-trotter (What do you call ex-trotters under saddle? :roll: ) in Sweden.
He has a little problem with the flying change of leg.


Here is an another ex-trotter

A move on the same horse:
    07-15-2007, 01:35 AM
Originally Posted by SwedenBoy
"ex-trotters have a 4 beat canter"

That is a lie.
Here is a movie on a ex-trotter who became the best dressage ex-trotter (What do you call ex-trotters under saddle? :roll: ) in Sweden.
He has a little problem with the flying change of leg.


Here is an another ex-trotter

A move on the same horse:
I agree, though technically, no horse has a four beat canter. Anything close would be a gallop.
    07-16-2007, 05:35 AM
I have a extrotter, when I first broke him in he would go straight from a trot to a gallop, i've recently sent him to a trainer . My trainer explained to me that he needs to learn to bend his body in order to canter problem was he tummy keeps getting in the way.. he's getting alot better and is learning to slow his canter down but first he had to learn to bend... before he went to the trainer I was just doing lots of figure eights and trotting poles. He also had to be trained to respond to leg pressure cause he didn't have a clue what we were asking of him at first!

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