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Date Posted: 10:24:03 01/19/12 Thu
Author: jam
Subject: try as many different ways as you can to increase his confidence and make cantering a plesant experience for him
In reply to: Alyssa 's message, "My friesian WONT canter" on 21:13:46 10/15/11 Sat

HEY, sorry to hear your having difficulty with the canter, but if you know he is capable then there is always a way to teach them to do as you want.

I have recently just taught my friesian to canter, and at first we thought it was never going to happen! within 6 weeks his confidence had grew and he could collect, extend, carry an outline... you name it there so clever! But if you keep at it and try a number of different approaches to it you will eventually get there, a good tip would be to let him run loose in the school and just chase him round a little so that he can have a free canter, this way it may psychologically get any problems out of his head that may be to do with cantering in the school (e.g he may have had a past fall if the ground was bad or if he was injured) remember to reward and praise him so he can relate cantering with positivity, this is just one of many ways to try tackle the problem, try him on the lunge to, this can still be difficult but it gives you chance to pick up on any problems there may be with him striking into canter or if hes nervous etc.
Hope this helps it is a difficult situation to be fair, but there is a way for everything good luck :) x

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  • Canter -- horseluver2, 12:07:06 02/03/12 Fri

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