How to stay balanced in the canter in a circle and down the long side? | DMA TV Ep 310

How do I stay balanced in the canter in a circle and down the long side?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do I stay balanced in the canter in a circle and down the long side?”

The best thing about a circle, there is no straight sides in a circle. Not one stride is straight. You are constantly turning because you are on a circle. The horse can speed up when you go on a longside.

Now what else can happen on a long side is, you’re coming down the long side and the horse puts its head up and kind of drifts in. If that happens puts your inside leg on, bring him back to the wall.

 

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Hey dressage superstars. Today I’m going to answer the question. How do you keep the canter balanced on the circle, but then most importantly when you go on the long side down the arena?

Okay, so is this you? You’re on a circle. You’re like, “I’m okay. I feel okay. I’m on a circle. Woops. Does he want to run off and be unbalanced? No. I’ve got my circle. Got my circle.”

And the best thing about a circle is there is no straight sides in a circle. Not one stride is straight. You’re constantly turning because you’re on a circle. But what happens when you go on the long side is the horse can speed up and I didn’t ask for that. So you can ask the horse to slow down. But if it’s young it probably won’t listen. So what I do, no one said you had to make the whole long side, so just go on the circle again.

Now what else can happen on a long side is, you’re coming down the long side and the horse puts its head up and kind of drifts in. If that happens puts your inside leg on, bring him back to the wall.

We’ll get back to the training in a second. I just wanted to remind you if you’re loving this video and make sure to subscribe, and leave me a comment on how this video has helped and your biggest learning so far.

So I always think of my legs as the boundaries, as the fence. So if the horse falls in because I didn’t keep it on the fence, I just need to put my inside leg and say, “Hey, you want to go back to the wall. You’ve got to stay on the wall. You’ve got to stay on the wall.”

Now he’s put his head to the outside, which means he might spook, I need to straightaway put him in a shoulder forward position and say, “Hey, I need you to stay on there.”

So your problems with balance coming down the long side is either a speed issue, if it’s a speed issue, use the circle to slow it down. If it’s a straightness issue, that the minute you come on the long side there’s falling in, then it’s inside leg, you need more inside leg. Or if it’s that the horse’s head is to the outside, just again, put it shoulder forward to the inside.

Trust that helps. Remember, you don’t have to get it perfect right away. You don’t need to nail it right away. I’ve ridden young horses for like a couple of months down the long side circle, down the long side circle, down the long side like Yoda, and it’s taken me like six months to get a straight, in control, balanced, “perfect” long side. Be happy with it. Be happy with the journey. Enjoy your training and I’ll see you soon.

So trust that helps. Remember if you guys need any help with steps, procedures, strategies, recipes, how do you do a, how do you do B, how do you do c, I’ve got a free training class that tells you all about creating a dressage system that works for you. Go check it out on the link below.

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