01-17-2014, 02:56 PM
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Hate to say it, but dressage dressage dressage. Or if you like, good solid flatwork. First I'd start off with making sure that your horse is tuned up to your leg. Softly, harder, hardest. (I can elaborate if you need me to). Then get to where you can move around her hind end (turn on the forehand, then leg yield). The footfalls of the canter start with the outside hind. So if you can leg yield your horse it's much easier for them to transition into the canter. Imagine: as they leg yield their inside hind crosses underneath them, so the next step is the outside hind, which then leads off into the canter. This might a little more advanced. For horses I'm starting or even a green broke horse I'll let them trot until they "fall into" the canter just so they can get the idea of cantering undersaddle. But as soon as they have an idea I start getting more precise with them for this very reason. But you are correct, if she is having trouble she could probably use more balance. This is where flatwork comes in handy again. :) If you can get her trot nice and balanced the canter will be a million times easier for her. Start with lots of simple things like circles and serpantines, and start little steps of turn on the forehand and leg yield. Gradually start asking more of her and her canter departs will improve.