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When you ask for a canter from the walk, are you supposed to move the hip to the inside? Is the horse then supposed to go straight after that? I've seen some horses at AQHA shows that move with their butts to the inside..canted isn't it called? What's correct?
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moving the hip to the inside is a very common way of getting the hrose to take the correct lead, (since you are really bending the body you make it more likely that the hrose will strike off with the outside hind). But, it can also make your horse learn to canter with it's hind off to the side, and that is a very bad habit. promotes crooked movement. I was never taught this way of cueing the canter, but like I said, a lot of folks, mostly western riders, do use this.
When training, if a horse has trouble picking up his correct lead, I will move his hip to the inside as a way to "emphasize" that lead. However, as soon as the horse understands what I'm asking, I no longer ask for their hips to move. Tinyliny is right--it can promote crookedness and other bad habits, and quite frankly I think it looks sloppy.
Okay, that's what I thought. But I just hear of people doing it these days (moving the hip) and wasn't quite sure.
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