Just so you know, the rules require you be 16 to run intermediate.
Yeah... I know haha? I guess technically I've done a prelim/intermediate, then a 1* where I placed second, and next I'm doing bromont 1*, and then my first complete intermediate! But thanks for trying to make me look like a bs, no nothing liar
So while reading this thread I realized I was completely unfamiliar with STBs competing in FEI type disciplines, the one I've come across have been pleasure horses. In light of the "bad canter" remarks, I went on youtube and searched "standardbred dressage." After viewing about 20 or so videos, I saw a lot of very lateral canters.
My question is how much can the lateral tendencies be improved? I am honestly curious. I like race horses in general and STBs seem like nice doers.
Can someone post a vid of one that's been retrained by someone who knows what they're doing? I'll admit that what I saw on youtube, the majority of the horses were being ridden by non-pros, so perhaps my observance is skewed.
He's cute...and there were a few strides of canter there. It would be worth it for her to go get some help with someone who has worked with this issue (and likes these horses). It may just take her some time---she just has to remind herself to put the time in now and it will pay off.
** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **
Teach him to canter next to another horse..and the praise is important. Mind he is shod well, too. Today the modern Standardbred pacer is really bred with a perfect pace -- used to be they had to really work to "gait" them but anymore they are born pacing. This propensity is hard to work around but with time and attention it can be done. Most standardbreds are good jumpers -- and they are very hard workers and try hard to please. there have been several good eventing Standardbreds, including one that completed Radnor ** back when it was classic format too. Blue Sky.
Honestly, I do not know the full answer just yet. I have a pacer I am retraining with the help of my trainer. He's been in work for a year and 3 months- and now, finally, I get a true canter to the left...not totally there yet to the right, but it is coming. But it has taken a ton of work, and continues to be a lot of work!
The key has been to soften his body- get him working through the back. Use trot poles- lift lift lift, soften soften soften. Leg yields, spirals- get those legs underneath him, and fluid moving. And then canter- going for quality. Chasing him into or during the canter just makes for a lateral canter, stiff as a board. And for my guy, doing walk-to-canter comes much easier. He's just now getting better trot-canter transitions- he can maintain the quality without getting lateral...a year later.
I don't have any recent video, but hopefully will soon, so I can begin the 2013 Progression, lol. Haven't started him over fences just yet so no clue how good he'll be, but that is the plan this summer once we move to our new barn.
Yes, see I think your guy
Looks great! And the canter he had at week 2 would be enough for me haha! I think that he actually may not be physically able to canter because he trys but even in the field on his own can only keep the true canter for a few steps before frantically cross cantering, even under saddle when he is soft and happily engaging at the trot! Ugh so frustrating
The little stb. i had didn't want to canter and he was on the track for a very short time. it just wasn't natural to him. he wound up being a fantastic competitive trail horse. it just didn't seem right to post him in a direction that he wasn't comfortable with.