Canter Cues - The Horse Forum
 5Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 09-03-2019, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 20
• Horses: 0
Canter/Lope Cues

How do you, *personally*, cue for the canter? Some mess with the shoulders or hindquarters. Some tip the head to the inside or outside. Some ask with one leg or both legs. etc...

Last edited by sprix; 09-03-2019 at 02:37 PM.
sprix is offline  
post #2 of 17 Old 09-03-2019, 03:30 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 7
• Horses: 0
I personally apply outside leg and kiss :)
bsms likes this.
ZURG327 is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 09-03-2019, 03:35 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 47,174
• Horses: 2
From a walk or from a trot?
From a walk , for a rigjt lead. I watch the right front leg. When it is going forward I cue with my left leg on his left flank , just a bit further back than where
Y leg normal rests You may ask why time it that way? Because at the walk the next leg to move after the right front will be the left rear, so this sets the horse up to strike off on the correct leg
ClearDonkey likes this.
tinyliny is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 09-03-2019, 03:58 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: eh?
Posts: 2,574
• Horses: 2
Inside hip lightened, outside hip and leg back a smidge. Outside leg is to position their hips. Inside bend, shoulders up. Inside leg for strike off.
ApuetsoT is online now  
post #5 of 17 Old 09-12-2019, 04:11 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 44
• Horses: 1
opposite leg from the one I want her to lead on and a kiss
vonlora is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 09-12-2019, 07:50 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Posts: 11,909
• Horses: 4
Lean forward and kiss.

Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
bsms is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 09-12-2019, 07:57 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms View Post
Lean forward and kiss.
I rode with a very opinionated German trainer once who would tear you apart if you leaned forward to ask for the canter. She said it would unbalance the horse by putting them on their forehand, when you really should be asking for the horse to lean back/collect and use their back end to push off into the canter. I tend to believe that way of thinking, but hey, whatever works!
Aprilswissmiss is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 09-12-2019, 10:10 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Posts: 11,909
• Horses: 4
Don't tell Bandit I'm unbalancing him. He doesn't know. It amazes me what horses can do if no one tells them they cannot.

More to the point, it isn't like I start lying on his neck. Leaning forward a few inches doesn't change a horse's balance significantly at all. A horse heavy on the forehand is under striding his front legs for the thrust of the hind legs. A horse can rebalance himself by simply taking slightly longer strides with his front legs.

Bandit is an 800-850 lb horse who was ridden in 10-15 mile races while carrying riders who weighed 200-265 lbs. Add a western saddle and he was cantering with as much as 300 lbs on his back. While weighing well under 900 lbs himself! Trust me. My weight shift in leaning forward slightly doesn't bother him at all. Horses actually KNOW what they need to do to affect a change in gaits, unlike humans.
secuono likes this.

Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
bsms is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 09-13-2019, 08:26 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: CenTex
Posts: 1,316
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aprilswissmiss View Post
I rode with a very opinionated German trainer once who would tear you apart if you leaned forward to ask for the canter. She said it would unbalance the horse by putting them on their forehand, when you really should be asking for the horse to lean back/collect and use their back end to push off into the canter. I tend to believe that way of thinking, but hey, whatever works!
My instructor has told me the exact same thing. Yet I keep doing it anyways...
ACinATX is online now  
post #10 of 17 Old 09-15-2019, 08:37 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 198
• Horses: 0
As I was taught- bend the neck slightly depending on the horse to the inside, outside leg, and sit deep. Some horses at this barn need to know you're serious. My cue for them is "let's go" -crop- or -kick-. Usually after two times, a lazy horse in the lesson will immediately go after I say "let's go".

cantering on, into the familiar and unknown
Finalcanter is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome