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post #1 of 41 Old 03-14-2013, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE: Crazy, crazy Canter

Hi,
I just wanted to post a video on my horse's canter since I have been having difficulties with it for over a year. Please remember he is a gaited horse.Do you think he has improved? Suggestions to help him hold his correct leads for longer?
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Video from April 2012: (At this point he was not checked out by a vet yet)-Sorry for the loud music!


Video from January 2013 (On previcox) Sorry for kissing noises! 5:30-trot and canter



Video from February 2013
(On daily previcox for arthritis)



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post #2 of 41 Old 03-14-2013, 09:52 PM
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I don't like his trot or canter.

See how relaxed he is at walk? He gets very tense at any higher gaits. Do you have a trainer that can work with you? At this point idk if it's muscle tightness or if it's just a training thing.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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Which video are you referring too?
Yes, I do. I just started (last week) getting weekly lessons.
I had the Chiro come out and adjust him a few months ago and he said he looked fine.
He is also cleared by the vet.
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I don't like his trot or canter.

See how relaxed he is at walk? He gets very tense at any higher gaits. Do you have a trainer that can work with you? At this point idk if it's muscle tightness or if it's just a training thing.


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Any of the videos. It's less in the most recent one but there is still that tension.

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I know he gets tense coming out of a canter transisition but he seems to be a lot better. He was also on a really small circle on the latest one because of other riders.
How would you suggest "getting him less tense"?


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Any of the videos. It's less in the most recent one but there is still that tension.
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Lots of transitions.. on his back too. If the canter is too fast, bring it back to a nice swingy trot and then ask for a canter. Don't let something bleh continue, because then that is what you are accepting. You need to try to get this horse thinking about how it's moving. If it keeps having to transition, it will try slightly different tempos, take off legs, etc. until the "work load" decreases.

Does this make sense to you?

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Thank you!
Crappy translation... Down again and redo.
Also, since he is already fast at the canter do I just being him dorm again and again or circle him? Because he is usually good at the translation ( When I'm on him) and then after 2 steps gets faster, but he is really fast anyway....
I really appreciate your help :)
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There is a similar thread with tips to slow a trot down, but it's ideas will also work with canter: How to slow a trot?

Not only redoing, but also preparing. Encouraging your horse to try and make changes. Also to prepare for a better departure or a better downward transition.

Think of it as tweaking.. you bring the horse back to something it's good at (a nice relaxed walk for example) and you prepare the horse to do something that challenges it (relaxing at the trot). When the trot is nice, let it continue and then transition back down for a break. When the trot is consistently nice, bring it up to a canter. Be careful not to yank your horse around. Circling can help slow a horse down, as long as you are circling correctly.

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Great- thank you!
Yes, I try too. If I let him canter along the rail then towered the end he will be going too fast by the time he gets to the short end of the arena that he completely falls in.
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I keep my inside leg on him to keep him out while sitting deep and using half haults not to let him run around :)
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