The one thing you need to have for an awesome canter.
Today I’m going to help Sue, the amazing Sue. Let’s thank Sue for being part of this. I’m going to play with Sue and teach her the one thing she has to have for a better canter, and an awesome canter.
Well when you’re ready collect him up a little bit more. Then when you’re going to show everyone the most amazing walk to canter transition. Deeper, rounder, softer, get his rhythm. Think about putting the energy onto the hind legs.
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Natasha Althoff: Are you ready Sue?
Natasha Althoff: Okay. Well when you’re ready collect him up a little bit more. Then when you’re going to show everyone the most amazing walk to canter transition. Deeper, rounder, softer, get his rhythm. Think about putting the energy onto the hind legs. Uh, uh, uh, don’t let it escape. Good. Canter. Remember it’s four steps forward.
Natasha Althoff: Okay. We’re going to talk about a good canter. The canter he’s giving us, what would you say it is?
Sue: Yeah, he’s not together at the moment.
Natasha Althoff: He’s not together. Great. Okay.
Natasha Althoff: If I was going to be judging his canter, as with all canters, what I think judges would like to see is more jump. They want to see that hind leg become a little bit more active. To get that what I want you to do is go forward a little bit. Now collect. Stop, stop, stop, on the spot, on the spot, on the spot. Good. Yeah, now go, go, go, go, go. Yeah. Then on the spot, on the spot, on the spot, on the spot. Now, now, now, now. Soften, don’t just pull him. Yeah! Yeah, yeah. Then run forward. That’s looking better. Right, forward, go, go, go. Now stop, stop, stop. Soften and allow, soften and allow. Yeah. Soften and allow, soften and allow, soften and allow.
Natasha Althoff: Where’s your canter circle gone? Ride forward again. Good. Don’t make it smaller. It’s a 20 meter circle, nothing changes. Go. Now on the spot. Stop, stop, stop, stop. Eh, eh, eh, ride forward just a little bit. Then back on the spot. Back on the spot. Deeper rounder, deeper rounder! Forward, forward!
Natasha Althoff: The minute you feel his head come … Do you feel his head comes up and his back stops. He blocks. Yeah. It’s almost like he goes backwards on you. Yeah. Better, better. He has to be thinking forward. That’s why the minute you feel them go backwards you make them go forward again. Eh, go forward. Yeah, now collect. Yep. Collect, collect. Yeah, yeah, good. Then a little bit and forward.
Natasha Althoff: I think everyone can see at home this canter now … Yep, and collect again. Eh, eh! Forward, forward! You see how … Yeah, you got to feel that. Yeah. Now on the spot again. On the spot! Eh, eh. Eh, eh! Forward, forward! Gallop! Gallop! Yeah, now forward. Now collect, collect. Come on, come on. On the spot. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Deeper! Rounder! Forward, gallop. Now stop. Stop. Deeper, rounder. Where’s his … Eh, eh. Yeah, yeah. Then collect again. Deeper, rounder, softer. Deeper, rounder, softer. Come on, collect. On the spot. Yes.
Natasha Althoff: Eh, eh, gallop. Gallop! Gallop him! He’s running. You’ve got to have a reaction otherwise he’s like, “Wow, this is good. I’ll just trot every time.” Collect. Collect. Collect. Yes. Yes. Now this canter looks better again. Yep.
Natasha Althoff: You’ve got to work really, really hard. Ride him forward again. Yep. Now collect again. Collect. Collect, collect. Deeper, rounder. Deeper, rounder. Yes. Come on. Yes! There. There you had some self-carriage. Yeah?
Natasha Althoff: Okay. Trot him off.
Natasha Althoff: Cool. That’s so everyone can see that there was times-
Sue: Good job.
Natasha Althoff: … that we got the canter looking a little bit better. Yep, he can have a walk.
Natasha Althoff: How hard were you working Sue?
Sue: Very hard.
Natasha Althoff: Very hard.
Sue: We’re both working very hard.
Natasha Althoff: Both working very hard.
Natasha Althoff: There’s never a point of … We never got a full circle where you could just do nothing. Yep. It’s consciously, always as a rider, going, “Okay, I need to … What do I need to be doing? If the horse feels good, then I’m going to collect him even more. If the horse … The minute I feel the block or the minute I feel that the horse is actually thinking, ‘Stop,’ instead of, ‘Go,’ I got to go. But the minute he’s thinking, ‘Go,’ I got to think, ‘Stop.’ I don’t want him to gallop for 10 circles. That does nothing. I want him to shoot of and then the minute he’s thinking, ‘Forward,’ then I’m going to bring him back. The minute he’s thinking, ‘Back,’ I’m going to make him go forward.” Yeah?
Natasha Althoff: Yep.
Sue: Cool. Thank you.
Natasha Althoff: Thank you.
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