The Key To An Amazing Canter to Walk Transition
Hey Superstar, we are about to learn the key to an amazing canter to walk transition! Anyone can do this I promise!! 🙂
Today I show you the key to perfecting your canter to walk transitions. I used to avoid doing elementary/2nd level dressage tests because they had this transition in them! When I realised that it’s not actually about the transition from canter to walk… things became so much clearer to me an I was able to nail those canter to talk transitions!
Canter walk transitions are dead easy if you think about one thing… and the one thing is collecting your canter!
The other main reason for not getting great canter to walk transitions is people think that canter to walk is a backwards transition.
It’s actually really important to ride the transition forwards!
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I get so many people ask me all the time, how do I do a good canter-walk transition? All I want to do in life is a good canter walk, transition, canter-walk transitions are really hard! And they really are. I deliberately did not compete elementary for like 10 years because I hated canter walk transition so much, and it wasn’t until someone very kindly shared with me the canter walk transition is irrelevant.
It is dead easy if you have one thing and the one thing is the collected canter. So if you can collect the canter, you can do an amazing canter walk transition. If you can’t collect the canter, you’ll never ever, ever be able to do a canter walk transition. So let me show you what I mean.
Alright, now I’m going to ask him to walk with that collecting canter. So I’m going to go to canter and walk, walk, walk, walk. Is that what your canter walk transition looks like? You kind of full into the trot and it’s this big disaster as opposed to. And you can’t say, Oh, if you’ve got a good horse, it just does canter walks good!
This horse will go as he’s ridden, I’m going to canter a little bit more forward to get some energy. Then I’m going to collect the canter.
And then I’m going to float to walk. Now why did I not get a step of trot? Only because of the prep. Let me show you the bad one again. Canter, canter, canter… I really hope he walks, I really hope he walks. As opposed to a little bit more forward. Create a little bit mre energy. Collect the canter, collect the canter and walk. Two, three, four, one, two, three, four. Anyone who’s working on canter walk, stop working on canter walks. You will get an awesome canter walk when you feel the right moment.
And the first canter walk I did that was meant to be good, actually wasn’t that good, because I still missed the moment. The second one I actually paid attention and stopped talking to you guys. And did you see we really floated into the walk transition because I really caught that beautiful moment.
It’s like – not that I’ve ever surfed in my life, but I would imagine it’s like riding a wave or surfing a wave because I really just ride that canter wave, and then float it down into a walk.
The other reason people will stuff up the transition is they think canter halt, so it goes canter halt and then into walk. So if you think about a forward transition, even though you think you’re going backwards, so instead of canter backwards into walk – forwards, into walk, canter forwards floating into one, two, three, four – into your walk rhythm and it will work awesome.
Let me know how you go in the comments, have an amazing day. See you next week!