The last two sessions were the walk and the trot, so now on to the canter! This can be an exciting gear for us since it’s an upward shift in how it feels on the body. For those of you who might find this to be too quick-feeling, you could always try riding a bike and letting the speed sensation of the bicycle help you acclimate your body to the speed sensation of the canter. It’s also nice to go really fast and have breaks! When you're working with a young horse, retraining,
So last week, we talked about the walk. You can put in a lot of 'free walk' practice in your ride to give the horse a break and as a breather for you. But it's nice to trot! So let's pick up the reins and do an interesting trot exercise that works a bit on building understanding and lovely execution of a 'steady tempo trot'.
You can do this in a variety of ways, but I like to count the front legs as they step in the trot from letter to letter around the arena, with the goa