Transitioning Into the Canter

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    06-27-2012, 06:07 PM
Transitioning Into the Canter

Koby took a year off last year so he needs a tuneup. I am wanting to work with him on trot to canter transitions but am a little stuck. If I am riding and ask for a canter, but instead get a super fast crazy trot, I slow him back into a walk and try again. Is this the right thing to do? This is how my previous trainer would do it and this is how she taught me to do it. How do you guys get a nice flowing transition from a trot to a canter? Thanks!
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    06-27-2012, 10:27 PM
Coming back to a rythmic and relaxed gait is exactly what you should do if he starts to race when you ask for the transition. I would recommend just asking for a more controled trot instead of coming all the way back to the walk, unless he is being out of control. Make sure you are setting up for a nice canter before you askm meaning his trot should be steady and in control before you ask. Make sure you are gathered up and balanced before you ask as well. The more support you can give him in the transition, the better he will be.
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