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Jumping into CANTER

Using feel, balance & the weight aids.

Of all the movements, it is always the canter that seems to cause the most problems for students and their horses. Whether this is because the gait is generally speedier, or horses tend to misbehave because the rider is less balanced, it is hard to tell. I suspect it’s a mixture of both.

Generally, I find it is a lack of knowledge about the weight aids that can spoil the canter. Most people know the inside leg should be at the girth, the outside leg behind the girth, but it is the “feel” that is everything—both in riding the canter and teaching it—and this is not discussed enough.

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