What is the one thing you need to get a really good canter?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “What is the one thing you need to get a really good canter?”

It’s a real balancing act because if ever I stopped riding the hind and just say, oh okay, now you’re in collected canter. What do those hind legs do? They start almost trotting. So I have to keep the hind leg going while I collect.

And that’s what you’ve got to think about in your canter. You don’t want to just gallop your canter all the time because you’ll only make it long and flat. You can’t train in collection all the time because the horse isn’t strong enough.

 

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Hey dressage superstars! Today I’m going to answer, the one thing you need to get a really good canter.

Okay, so what is the one step for a good canter? So most people might say, I’d love to know. Is this a good canter? Is this a good canter? And the answer is no. Why? Because it’s not in the correct rhythm. I mean there was a couple of good rhythmical steps, but it kind of went slow, then it went fast.

And if you look at the hind leg when I do it badly, oh, what’s the hind leg doing? Nearly trotting, okay? So the first step or the only step to a really good canter is an active hind leg.

Now, how do you get an active hind leg? If you ride the canter forward, oh, the hind leg is now active, but what’s happened to him? He’s become strung out, he’s become long and he’s not collected and engaged.

So I need to keep the active hind leg while I package him up and say, hey, why don’t you come into a nice collected canter, but not at the expense of the hind leg. And as long as I keep him going. Yeah, no, no, no. Don’t let him suck behind. Yeah, come forward. Yeah, come forward. Good boy.

But it’s a real balancing act because if ever I stopped riding the hind and just say, oh okay, now you’re in collected canter. What do those hind legs do? They start almost trotting. So I have to keep the hind leg going while I collect.

And that’s what you’ve got to think about in your canter. You don’t want to just gallop your canter all the time because you’ll only make it long and flat. You can’t train in collection all the time because the horse isn’t strong enough.

So the first, the only big, the one thing you got to think about in a canter is an active hind leg and a jump in canter but to train it, go, come back, go, come back, go, come back. And you do that constantly. So whenever the hind legs become slow, you gallop. Whenever you are galloping, you bring the hind leg back and the horse will start to find its own balance and start to keep active when you’re doing the more collected work. Enjoy.

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