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    08-21-2009, 11:03 PM
Walk to canter

How does one go about training a horse to canter from the walk? I know how to do it on a very well trained horse but we're going to start training Allegra to and just wanted to know what I could do to help.

We worked on them a little bit today, just trying to get a little bit used to it. She actually did really well and managed to do it correctly twice, I think. Besides that she did quick trot transitions that lasted a few strides and then picked it up, which I thought was pretty good for the first day or so.

But any advice?
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    08-21-2009, 11:08 PM
Well you gotta make sure you have the transitions of all walk, trot, and canter all the way down before you make that jump from walk to canter. You also gotta have some collection down so you can 'gather' your horse under you and ask into the rhythm of a canter... if that makes any sence.

Be relaxed, the biggest mistake I see people doing is tensing up and holding their horse way to much making them be very hyper about it.
    08-21-2009, 11:14 PM
Oh yeah. She has decent transitions and she collects better than any horse I've ever ridden. It's so nice: you can pick up the reins and she'll collect.

I'll make sure that I'll relax when I work on it though - I hadn't thought about the whole hyper result. Thanks!
    08-21-2009, 11:21 PM
Like RedRoan said, you just have to have all the transitions down, and also a very distinct cue to canter. When she is walking along at a steady pace, ask for the canter. I really don't think you should let her trot, because that's not what you want. You want her to canter, not trot. And besides that, I never let my horse rush into the canter from any gait. Just my two cents.
    08-22-2009, 08:47 AM
Agreed with riccilOve- No rushing means don't allow them to trot into the lope. If a horse needs to trot into the lope, they need more work on collection.

I like mine to, first have their transitions down well. Very well. I switch it up. Walk to trot, trot to canter. Canter to trot, trot to canter. Just jumping around on it until they are relaxed and transitioning smoothly.
Another thing I like to have is control of my horse's peices. Shoulders, ribcage, and hip. When I ask for a lead departure, I'll shift my outside leg back slightly (asking them to move their hip in). A canter starts in the hind quarters. If you get their hind end in, they will be able to pick up their lope/lead much easier and smoother.
    08-22-2009, 08:55 AM
Originally Posted by Goosen    
Oh yeah. She has decent transitions and she collects better than any horse I've ever ridden. It's so nice: you can pick up the reins and she'll collect.

I'll make sure that I'll relax when I work on it though - I hadn't thought about the whole hyper result. Thanks!

Just exactly HOW are you asking her and WHERE in the arena or place you ride are you asking for this transition???

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