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i have a 4 year old qh who has just come home from the breakers. he was bought him early because the trainers were questionable and did many things with him i did not like and treated him poorly :-( i happened to turn up one afternoon when he was "working" him and hit the roof. it was only the second time he had been under saddle so naturally he is very very fresh and knows little. i was having issues with things like him following his head, moving off my leg etc but i have managed to get those things under control.

my question is about teaching a canter aid. if i am riding him around the property at a trot i can get him into a canter by building up speed but obviously this is not ideal in the long term. so, seeing as ive been riding english for many years until now im a little sketchy on what the canter aid is for western and exactly how to teach a horse to recognise the canter aid.

im very capable with training and have dealt with horses with minimal knowledge but some grounding in their training. but this is new for me so im hoping everyone here can help me :)
 

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This is when lunging comes in handy. While lunging him, you can more or less chase him into the canter, giving him a verbal cue as he is picking it up to match the movement. He should learn that a kiss means to canter. Then when you're riding, give him a kiss noise and add the leg cue you want to use. I don't think there's a difference between the western aid and english aid.
hahaha thanks for that. its funny because thats what i was thinking the other night but thought it couldnt be that easy lol he canters fine on the lunge by me just saying 'canter' so i guess im half way there :)

i just assumed the western aid was different cause the western horses i have ridden have been trained to canter by a different cue. ill stick with what i know then if it doesnt matter :)
 

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thanks for that. i got all that stuff sorted. thats mainly what ive been working on with him so far. moving off my leg, leg aids etc is something we have been focusing on a lot as when he came home he knew none of this. i have been working very hard on making him super responsive to my legs. he has a super soft mouth so i need to make him very responsive to my legs especially being so green. thankfully we had perfected 'whoa' on the lunge so he responds very well to that without any mouth contact :) thanks again :)
 
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