Starting the Canter
So my lil boy (not so little haha) is starting to CANTER! So excited!
We're going slow and thorough, because this is going to be my mom's perfect trail horse with absolutely NO holes to slip through. Just as some quick background, Cloud was started under saddle Aug 2012, by me. He walks, trots, backs, halts, turns, leg yields, pivots, side passes, yields the haunches, (yields shoulder still a bit touchy), seeks the contact, and is extremely good about staying in a low frame and he actually comes 'on the bit' more and more often during dressage lessons.
Questions and Discussions about starting the canter;
1) Do you teach the canter que, then work on which lead is which, or teach leads first?
2) Is demanding that low frame at the canter (since it's already very established at the trot) too much to ask right now? Get the gait and and ask for frame or frame and ask for gait?
3) How long, and how often should we canter? Fitness is not an issue at the moment- only balance in the new gait with a rider- he canters on the lunge.
4) What are some beginner exercises to take a look at to get him balanced and confident at the canter? (besides circles)