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    11-22-2010, 06:40 PM
  #1
Foal
Walk to Canter?

Hi, the horse I'm currently riding is ALWAYS going from walk-fast trot-canter. What's an excercise I can do with her to help cut-out that fast trot?

Thanks!
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    11-22-2010, 06:57 PM
  #2
Trained
Any time a gait gets fast or rushed, it's because the horse is unbalanced. Usually it is rider position causing the imbalance. Walk-canter involves good balance. Make sure your trot-canter are well balanced before moving onto walk-canter.
     
    11-22-2010, 07:05 PM
  #3
Foal
Yeah, my instructor says I "lean" into it sometimes, is that what's causing it?
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    11-22-2010, 07:05 PM
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Walk to canter transitions will help a horse to balance on the hind end better. It is easier to transition because they are both three beat gaits. Try to get the W-C trans first, then add the trot in the middle. It should help. Also can try walk-trot transitions with only about 4-5 steps, do this several times then instead of doing walk-trot-walk do walk-trot-canter. This is good way to teach horse to use back end better.
     
    11-22-2010, 07:11 PM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by mkunk1    
Yeah, my instructor says I "lean" into it sometimes, is that what's causing it?
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Oh yeah, that'll do it. Your horse needs his inside shoulder free to do the upward transition. He can't do that if you're leaning forward. Have your instructor teach you how to tell which hoof is leaving the ground at what time. The ideal time to cue for the canter transition is when the outside hind is off the ground. The logic is, you cue as it is about to come back down and let him strike off in stride. It helps him keep his balance since you're not interfering with his walk rhythm. Sit back and tall, free up the inside shoulder and ask for the canter when that outside leg is off the ground.
     
    11-23-2010, 03:31 AM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
Walk to canter transitions will help a horse to balance on the hind end better. It is easier to transition because they are both three beat gaits. Try to get the W-C trans first, then add the trot in the middle. It should help. Also can try walk-trot transitions with only about 4-5 steps, do this several times then instead of doing walk-trot-walk do walk-trot-canter. This is good way to teach horse to use back end better.
The walk is a 4 beat gait, not 3 beat.

Ensure that you have perfected your trot - canter - trot transitions before bothering with walk - canters. As MBP said above, rushing into a transition is due to a lack of balance. Work on basic transitions first, so halt - walk - trot - canter and back again. Also changes of rein, I would be riding serpentines and 'snowman' figures, and have shoulder in established before starting walk - canters. I like to have my horse sitting on it's haunches through the upward transition from walk - canter, if you've got it on the forehand you're just going to run it into trot then a fast, unbalanced canter.
I also like to have the horse cantering just off my hip/seat bones from a balanced trot. If you can pick up canter just by lifting your inside seat bone/hip, then the job is just about done to teach walk - canter, as the lift of the inside hip is a clear canter aid, rather than the pony club style throw the outside leg back and pull the inside rein.
     
    11-26-2010, 09:16 PM
  #7
Foal
When I work on walk canter transitions if my horse picks up a trot before canter I immeditaly bring her back to the walk and ask again until she gives me the canter right away. But in order to get this you have to ask correctly (like explained above).
     
    11-27-2010, 12:54 AM
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My instructor would always say to kind of "rev the engine" before popping the clutch. She meant to get the horse thinking forward and stepping energetically, while you briefly hold him (half halt) and then ask for the strike off (timed correctly wiht the outiside hind. Always tricky)
When the horse rushes into a trot like that it can be hard NOT to lean forward with him and try to "help" him into the canter. So, avoiding that bumpy out of balance trot in the first place will help. As another person said, pull the horse back to a walk
In a few cases, when the horse was rushing around at a trot trying to avoid cantering, I have raised my hand as if I had a whip and used a "shsh!" to move them on. But I would only do that once or twice to get them paying attention. It's not a good way to set a horse into the canter on a regular basis.
     

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