There are many conflicting stories about how the canter should be ridden…

Do you scoop your hips?

Sit back to push the horse forward?

Lean forward and keep a light seat?

Or… just hang on and hope for the best?!

To clear up the canter confusion, in this week’s video I am here with Wendy Murdoch and Elmer the skeleton, to explain what our body needs to do at canter, how we can easily go with the horse’s movement, and why some things riders do makes them unstable and could even hurt the horse. 

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  1. Oh, Wendy. Thank you for giving me a skeleton to see what is happening! Elmer is brilliant!

    One thing, I was able to see was why to keep my feet under me. I am a person, who when told to sit down, I ended up with my feet out in front of me.

  2. What is Wendy’s cue for lead change if not the forward move of the pelvis?– otherwise this is very instructional and I will attempt to “relax and follow” the next time I ride the canter

  3. Excellent presentation. I was especially interested in the explanation of inside hip forward as a canter cue, and its effects in a straight canter depart. I found this very enlightening. Thank you

  4. On various horses I’ve been told to go into a half seat fro the upward transisiton to a canter. Are there tips for a smooth transisiton up to the half seat and down so that you don’t hinder the horse’s gait?

  5. I found the demonstration of leaning forward pushing the horse into the forhand so fascinating and explains why/how the ‘feel’ of the canter changes. As I’m working hard with getting my quarter horse to work from the hind end, I will be mindful of my position to encourage free movement of the back in canter. Thanks!

  6. Your comment that you just go with the saddle clicked! While working in the round pen today I can see just how little the saddle moves and watching some ride that the movement should be minimal. Thanks!!

  7. I leaned how I’m blocking my horse.
    When I’m in canter, I feel I’m being pushed up and unable to swing forward.

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