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Schooling Extended Canter on the Diagonal with Shannon Dueck

If you take it apart into separate components, there should be nothing in that sequence that would cause difficulty for a correctly-developed horse. A crucial prerequisite to introducing extended canter on the diagonal is the flying change itself. It's not a question of whether the horse can do a flying change, but whether the horse can do a good flying change. The canter must remain straight and through, not just before the change, but during the flying change and afterward as well. The other important prerequisite is the horse's ability to go from extended canter to collected canter without losing the connection. Problems almost always arise with the extended canter diagonal as a result of the horse becoming crooked, above the bit, or losing throughness, usually on the outside rein. Schooling the extended canter on the diagonal is more about schooling the separate parts than over-practising the exact sequence as…

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