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Date Posted: 15:14:07 11/15/11 Tue
Author: MAV
Subject: Learning to canter
In reply to: Alyssa 's message, "My friesian WONT canter" on 21:13:46 10/15/11 Sat

Hi Alyssa,

Sounds like he is new for you? Do you know what he has been doing before you got him?

Friesians are very smart, they like variety and respond to praise and positive reinforcement. Might be a good idea to try something different at this stage, he can get in a habit of expecting a negative experience with a canter request.

They also need to be set up to move into a canter properly, if he is going too fast in a trot it will be hard to collect up--so a good idea is to bring him in a little at the trot, and ask for it on a corner or in a circle to start. It will be easier for him and you both. Praise him and tell him he's a good boy when he does it--end your ride on a good note, if he does it once--then leave it at that until the next day. Start building his mental library full of good experiences.

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  • try as many different ways as you can to increase his confidence and make cantering a plesant experience for him -- jam, 10:24:03 01/19/12 Thu

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