Canter

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Horse canter 2 300x269 Canter

By nature, the canter is the gait in which the horse runs away from danger. In dressage, the canter is used to show controlled exercises such as the canter change.

Canter is a three beat gait but it also has a moment in which all 4 legs of the horse are in the air. There is a left- and a right-canter. In the right canter, the right pair of legs comes further forward while in the left canter, the left pair of legs comes more forward.

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Canter change

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In a flying canter change the horse changes the canter from right to left or vice versa in the moment when all legs are in the air. This is the best moment for the horse to change the canter.

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Flying change: preparation

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If you have never ridden a canter change before, make sure you find an experienced horse to learn it on. The canter change is a normal canter jump and feels so, if done right. After mastering this feeling, you can teach it to your own horse.

Your horse is ready to learn the canter change when it is trained into straightness and can bend equally on both sides.

It is important for the rider to place the position of the shoulders and hips precisely in canter. Therefore, the exercises shoulder-in and hindquarter-in have to be understood very well by the horse before the canter change can be practiced.

Horse canter 300x270 Flying change: preparation

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