The Perfect Canter depart

If you take riding lessons, your coach will at some point teach you the common basic aids for cantering from the trot. They are: 1) First, establish a sitting trot and maintain a correct, deep position in the saddle. 2) Next, position your pony or horse in the direction that you wish to travel by lightly bending it in that direction with your inside rein, placing your inside leg on the girth, and keeping your outside leg slightly behind the girth. (The outside rein will keep the balance and support.) 3) Put your weight slightly on your inside seat bone. 4) Lastly, apply both your legs, and your horse or pony should then strike off into the canter in the direction of the bend. It sounds easy, but many exercises with horses are easier said than done! The quality of your canter depart will, in fact, depend on several factors,…

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