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Introducing Transitions Between Walk and Canter with ALBRECHT HEIDEMANN

“The horse is “poising” its head, but is not actually stepping through the back into a solid contact,” he explains. “When I refer to substance in the contact, I mean that the feel between the hand and the horse's mouth is palpable in a nice, elastic way. Lightness should not be brittleness, where the rider is tense in the arms and worried about touching the mouth.” In order for a horse to progress from simple transitions between walk and trot or trot and canter, the connection and acceptance of contact must be established. If they are not, the horse will not develop the ability to correctly and confidently perform the transitions from walk to canter and from canter to walk. TESTING READINESS Before you introduce the transitions between walk and canter, the trot-tocanter transitions obviously have to be in place, but the transitions between walk and trot also need to…

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