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        08-02-2012, 08:43 AM
    Green Broke
    Ok the backing through the "L" thing we would definitely need to practice

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        08-02-2012, 08:46 AM
    Green Broke
    Ok sooooo how do I teach my mare to canter this SLOWLY?

        08-02-2012, 10:12 AM
    Well, do keep in mind a lot of these horses are WP horses as well so they are worked and trained to go so slow. If you want Sandy to canter similar this speed, its going to take a lot of seat and legs. I've gone to plenty of open shows with my qurab and now TB, where classes are exactly like this. Obviously my TB moves out much more than my Qurab, but that's beside the point.
    It took a long time to get my Qurab to have a slow, easy going canter. Its just takes lots of consistent work.
    here's an example of us, not the best but it gives you kind of an idea of the speed you should be aiming for if your serious about it.
    Good luck!
        08-02-2012, 11:13 AM
    Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
    Ok sooooo how do I teach my mare to canter this SLOWLY?
    It's a long line of breeding for it. That's natural for him :) canter speeds vary.. You're much better off to keep your horses forward movement than crank it back and lose the flow and momentum of a natural stride. That's in the hunter under saddle, which is on the flat only. The stock breed ideal hunter does differ from the rated show hunter.
        08-02-2012, 11:24 AM
    Green Broke
    Hmmm so which classes do you think my mare would go best in? I'll see if maybe this weekend I can get someone to take video of our best slow, long, and low in all 3 gaits so we at least have a starting point. She's been trained in dressage for the past 3 years though, so very forward movement has been a must. But it takes a LOT of pushing with legs and seat (and spurs!) for me to get that out of her. She would much prefer to just plod along with her head down low!

    I just don't have any video of it since normally video is not taken when I'm just warming up and letting her stretch like that!
        08-02-2012, 11:26 AM
    Green Broke
    I do like how it appears in these APHA Hunter shows, a dressage seat is used by the rider rather than the "perching" riding on the thighs seat that I'm being taught now for regular Hunters! I'm so much more used to my dressage seat!!
        08-02-2012, 12:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Hmm with lines like these, I guess I should have figured out long ago Sandie would be best suited for the APHA Hunters, which are more similar to WP than English movement!

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        08-02-2012, 01:43 PM
    If you get a video, pm me a link so I don't miss it :)
        08-02-2012, 04:57 PM
    Green Broke
    I will be sure to do that!
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        08-02-2012, 11:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Hey don't you be giving up on your mare as a hunter!! She is adorable! And even if she doesn't have the ideal movement on the flat she can still do well over fences! I extensively showed a horse the year before last that moved like a cart horse but had a lovely jump and perfect rhythm and we cleaned up at the local level overfences! Pinned at a rated level but as not well. I just never expected much from him on the flat and was happy if the judge was delirious and gave him a ribbon. :)

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