How To Choose Which Canter Lead You Want?
This is video 4 in a 4 part video series on mastering your canter.
Okay, riding superstars, I hope you have had fun in the canter series and I didn’t lose you too much on video three. Remember, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out below, there are three more videos in this canter series that you can go through, which is basically taking it from beginner-ing cantering all the way to awesome cantering.
To watch video 1 on how to canter your horse – click here
To watch video 2 on how to do a clean trot-canter transition – click here
To watch video 3 on how to get the correct canter lead – click here
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Okay, riding superstars, I hope you have had fun in the canter series and I didn’t lose you too much on video three. Remember, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out in the description below, there’s three more videos in this canter series that you can go through, which is basically taking it from beginner-ing cantering all the way to awesome cantering. So this one, like I said, it’s very ninja. I did not master this exercise until I’d at least been riding 10 to 12 years, so don’t worry if this exercise scares you. It totally scared me, still does. I’m a little bit scared to do it right now.
But basically, it’s an exercise in the rider about shoulder control, so in last week’s episode we talked about okay, you need to control the canter, you need to control the shoulder to get the good canter. So the exercise is you come on a three quarter line, which is the line between the center line and the long side, and what you wanna do is just pick up canter to the inside, good boy. Then you’re gonna trot. Then you’re gonna control the shoulder, change the bend, control the shoulder. And canter the other way. Then you’re gonna trot.
Don’t cheat and do it on the short side, it’s easier. When you’re riding straight again, control the shoulder, get the bend into the inside, canter to the inside. Trot. Control the left shoulder, get bend to the right, prepare for the canter right — and that’s just him being lazy, see? Doesn’t even work perfectly no matter how long I’ve been doing it. And canter right. Good boy. And trot. Whoops, control the shoulder. Now control the shoulder on the left — sorry, on the right. Get the bend to the left, and canter. And you’ll see this horse is very, very trained, but what side does he like better? And you’re wrong. He likes the inside side better.
You can do it on the diagonal, which is just a straight line. Trot. Close off the left shoulder. Bend to the right, canter. And this is all these movements you’ll find as you advanced in your test. That movement’s in a novice test. Trot. Control the shoulder. Bend. Outside. Trot. Control the new shoulder. Bend to the inside. Canter. Yeah. And then in the elementary test, you might have to pick up counter canter from a walk. So you can really advance this exercise, but the main thing is as a rider, go there.
You might not get the canter to the outside or the canter to the inside. You might not get canter at all, like what happened to me. The horse went oh, I don’t really wanna use myself, I’m not gonna canter. Whatever happens. Now remember, if you’re liking this episode, like and share it and make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode. The main thing is when you’re learning to ride dressage, that you don’t get caught up in the perfection of it. I’m not perfect. I’m so glad that happened to show you guys I’m still getting it wrong. I’m always getting it wrong. I’m always playing. I’m always learning. Every single time I ride I’m like, huh. I didn’t know that. He knew. You know, I’ll be playing with bend or I’ll be playing with putting the horse’s leg somewhere or I’ll be playing with transitions and I’ll be like, wow, I didn’t know that influenced the balance or that influenced the connection or that influenced whatever it is that it influences.
And when you’re learning to ride dressage, you can feel totally overwhelmed. There’s so much. You know there’s a whole world to learn, and you know you’re only understanding or grasping one percent of it, so it can feel scary, it can feel overwhelming and it can feel frustrating. Believe me, I’ve been there and I’m still there. The main thing is you ride horses ’cause you love them. You love dressage because you love to seek the pursuit of mastering a language between you and your horse.
So focus on that. Play, play, play. When I was learning to ride dressage, it was all about have to, must, like I must get it, I have to get it. I should be getting it. When I let go of all those things and said I’m just gonna play with it, I’m just gonna have fun with it, I’m just gonna explore that, I had so much more freedom, so much more joy and so much more fun. So that’s my advice to you guys. I hope you have enjoyed this canter series. I’ve totally enjoyed giving it to you.
Remember, go back to video one. That was just getting to canter any way you can, so don’t worry if you’re not up to this video four. Do video one. When you can do video one, do video two, and eventually you’ll be at video three and video four. Love you guys, thank you so much and remember, if you would like some more help with your dressage, I would love to help, so I have a web class totally dedicated to helping you get the answers that you wanna get. So you can check out more information on the link below about my free web class, totally for you guys that I would love to have you attend if this video series has resonated with you.
Happy riding, and I’ll see you next time.