The Canter Transition

Hey, you know that small little “shove” with the seatbones to get into canter?

Yes, the one that comes when riding and the canter doesn’t just naturally sort of “happen”, immediately on the aid.  Yeah, that shove.  Don’t do it!

It’s a pest to train it out.  It was never a thing I did, but now I’m doing it!

To erase it, I’m trying to focus on sitting evenly on the seatbones, asking for the canter while thinking “Come UP into canter”, with a light feel.  No grinding of seatbones either.  (At least in theory.)

OK with oak trees in horse pasturesRiding Valiosa and training her in all her “greenishness” made me sort of doubt the transition.  Expecting her to make a mistake, I’d want to “help her along”.  With, um, a shove, even if sometimes ever so light.

Now, I DON’T want it, don’t need it, and it’s still often there.

horse in pasture with oak trees

With all the extra chances to get her out for a ride in a different arena, cross training, and on the trail – it’s time to buckle down and do some focused schooling at home.  Ready to test out a show again…

blue horse looking to the side
Valiosa after a 2 + hr trail ride with ditches, water crossings and cows. She wasn’t ready to go home.


6 thoughts on “The Canter Transition

  1. Both of my horses get really pissy about too strong of a canter aid: they buck or kick out at my leg. They won’t let me get away with it so it’s harder to develop any bad habits (other than trying to help by leaning forward). :0)


  2. You are aware of your seat action so you are well on your way to dropping that extra “aid”. I noticed that using my inside leg has crept in with my canter depart aid. I’m getting rid of that as all Biasini needs is an outside rein half halt and leg back a few inches. Lots of little things creep in. Good work on your part to recognize it!


  3. You’re recognizing the adjustments that need to be made. That is what my daughters are seeing in that you are a good horsewoman – it is a matter of trusting yourself, trusting your horse, to make the necessary transitions.

    Miss Valiosa, good thing she’s not being stabled on a working cattle ranch like ours. After 2-3 hours of a trail riding, they don’t want to come off the range. 🙂

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    1. They always seem to absolutely LOVE trail riding once they get a taste for it…
      My friend who picked us up just had surgery on her foot, so it will be a while until we can go again. Looking forward to it!!!


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