How do I ride counter canter? - Dressage Mastery TV Ep 292

How do I ride counter canter?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do I ride counter canter?”

The counter canter, and the most important thing is try and keep the canter slow. You’ll see he tries to gallop off in it and speed up. Now you can ride any short diagonal you want.

I never stopped doing the counter canter work until I get one nice 20 meter circle that’s been obedient. No change, almost stayed the same rhythm.

 

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Hey, dressage superstars. Today I’m going to help you with how do you ride counter canter, what should you be doing and what should your horse be doing?

All right, so counter canter is something we do… Not very well. Sorry. I thought it would be good for you guys to see. The counter canter, and the most important thing is try and keep the canter slow. You’ll see he tries to gallop off in it and speed up. Now you can ride any short diagonal you want. I like to go to B, or in between B and P. Then all I’m going to do is keep the bend to the left, but I’m going to keep connection with the right rein; bend to the left, but connection with the right rein; bend to the left connection with the right rein; bend to the left connection with the right rein. Don’t let him gallop off. Bend to the left connection with the right rein, don’t let him gallop off, stay back, is all I’m thinking about.

Whoa, and I didn’t get it, and that’s why I like having that space to do the 10 meter circle if I need to. So now I’ve totally lost him. He’s galloping off, I got nothing. I’m going to put him on a small circle, whoa, to get him back. Whoa. And we’re going to stay here. Good boy. It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay. Oh, good boy, it’s okay, good boy, good boy, good boy, and then I’m going to go back out of it and go again.

I’m going to try and keep him slow, going to keep his bend to the left. Good boy. Keep the connection with the right, bend to the left, bend to the left, bend to the left, stay back. Stay collected. We nearly lost it. We’ve nearly lost it, and back across the diagonal, and went too fast. Another 10 meter circle. Whoa, whoa. Good boy. We still haven’t got it, good, there we got it at the end. Good boy. He gets excited about it. Oh, truck.

We find the truck transition hard to find, good boy, and then we find it easy to shoot off, so another circle. Whoa, good boy. Good boy. Yeah, he gets excited, and walk, about the counter canter, so we do it every time I ride him and just like how you saw. If we get a little… That wasn’t a clean change at all. I think he just did something in the front or God knows what he did, but I’ve got that room. If I feel something funny, I just do a 10 meter circle back to the true canter and then continue in the counter canter.

I never stopped doing the counter canter work until I get one nice 20 meter circle that’s been obedient. No change, almost stayed the same rhythm, obviously depending… When I first started with him, I didn’t care about the rhythm, I just wanted him to know that he shouldn’t change and it was really crazy. That’s getting better. You guys are probably still looking at it going, that’s so bad, but it’s getting better. Everything’s in stages.

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