How Do You Canter? – Part 3: How Do I Keep My Leg Still in the Canter? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep268

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How Do You Canter? – Part 3: How Do I Keep My Leg Still in the Canter?”

This is the third part of a 4 part series on How Do You Canter? 

The third step when you are mastering the canter, now this is a bit more into the mastery, is you need to think about taking weight down through your ankle and stamping down on the one beat of the canter. So the canter is a three-beat movement.

To watch Part 1: Keeping Yourself in the Saddle CLICK HERE
To watch Part 2: How Do I Stop Leaning Forward In The Canter CLICK HERE

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Hey riding superstars, today I’m going to answer the question, how do you canter? Part three.

The third step when you are mastering the canter, now this is a bit more into the mastery, is you need to think about taking weight down through your ankle and stamping down on the one beat of the canter. So the canter is a three-beat movement, so it’s one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three. I’m totally over-emphasizing. It is not, your leg comes up and then it stamps down like that. It’s obviously a little bit more discreet than that. But if you can think, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, and get that weight down through that ankle on that thing, that’ll help anchor your seat bones into the saddle, and it will also help you make sure that you’re thinking about the canter beat, and not just riding the canter that the horse gives you.

If I don’t think about the canter and my ankle, I’m just accepting. So my horse is going, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, now one, one, one, one, one, one, one, and if I want to make him go one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, it gives me a lot more control over the canter than what I had previously. And it also makes sure that I keep my legs nice and long, my torso nice and tall, and stretch up, stretch down, so I can stay with the horse and his canter.

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