Canter Uphill
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Sunday, August 12, 2007 08:46 PM
Colonel has a very flat canter. I have struggled to improve it even a little bit. I have either tried to create more bounce in arena by asking for more from behind and not really letting him go in front. That would help for a while. However, he would lose his energy very quickly. I have tried to add some extensions in the canter, it didn't' really work. He would get excited and start running and pulling. Using more leg didn't help neither, because he would get upset. Few days ago I think I have found an interesting solution. I canter uphill in the very collected frame. The grade is quite sharp 10 degrees minimum, otherwise he wants to run. I go just for several strides. However, these are very good strides. Uphill makes him jump up if front and step more under behind. Uphill makes him canter with a lot of impulsion without me nagging on him. And it is very easy to check him in case he starts to speed up and flatten out. Happy riding...
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