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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Jul. 5, 2007
    Beside Myself ~ Western NY


    It depends on what mood my horse is in. Some days we never get around to canter. Other times we do that before trot.
    Why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?
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  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jun. 16, 2001
    Los Angeles, California


    Because if you are unfamiliar with the horse it is easier to stop a potenitial runaway from a trot than from a canter.
    FWIW almost all horses trained in sidesaddle know how to break from a walk to a canter so a horse can be taught to do so for a rider that requires/desires it elderly, disabled, ... etc.
    Last edited by 5; Nov. 10, 2012 at 05:53 PM.
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  3. #23
    Join Date
    Jun. 7, 2002


    I think it's just like a warm-up for humans, you walk first, then you jog, then you go faster, maybe?

    I start with walking, then posting the trot on a loose rein. I can check for stiffness and unevenness at trot better then at canter. Then I canter around a bit both directions, in 2-point, still on a loose rein with my horse's nose to the ground, and THEN we can start the real work. Her trot is always MUCH better after we canter. She's forward, reaches into contact and her back is up.

    That said, I've had instructors who has us warm-up at canter first. But I think that was just to decide who would stay on and who'd fall off and pay for drinks ;P
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