Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I think what RiosDad does works for him and his horse, which is great, but I personally wouldn't give out his advice to anyone else. It just seems like it would be such a nuisance to be going along the trails at a good trot, and when you decide you want to canter, you have to walk again. I'd rather just start cantering. o_O
I really like mayfieldk's post. It was very informative. =] I do think you can improve the canter while at the canter, by doing things like spirraling, and collected, then extended, etc, but I don't think you can improve much without first having a great walk and trot. I also think circles can improve balance, but not endless circles. When my horse gets goofy in the trot, I can throw her in a 10m circle and by the last half, she's underneath herself again, and not running around like a giraffe on crack. o_O
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