If you have ever breathed a sigh of relief as your horse transitioned back to trot after a canter this video is for you.
When we do something that is more challenging or difficult (such as riding the canter, especially if it's new), it is normal to feel a sense of relief when the main challenge has been accomplished.
You cantered! Maybe it was exhilarating, it was hard work, or it was even a bit scary. You tumble back into trot, concentration fading.
When we ride, we need to be present for every moment, continually aware of our and our horse’s balance and rhythm. When we stop riding, as so often happens in the transition from canter to trot, we can quickly lose that sense of balance and oneness with the horse.
At best, this makes for an uncomfortable transition where the horse is on the forehand and the rider gets bounced around.
At worst, the canter itself becomes more difficult to ride, as the horse develops bad habits of breaking to trot unexpectedly, veering to the inside of the arena, or just moving poorly.
In today’s video, I will show you several ways to improve your canter to trot transitions, so that you and your horse can remain in balance.