Saturday, August 7, 2010

Canter!

But first a little back story. Yesterday I took Coriander out for his second trail walk. He did much better that time, he was very relaxed and kept trying to graze. I figured a horse that wanted to eat was not a horse that was freaked out. So after checking in with the land owner (Mark) to make sure someone would be around (just in case), I saddled him up and off we went.

He was great! He wasn't nervous at all and seemed very happy to be out exploring. I had planned to just walk but he asked to trot and it was the most forward, impulsive trot I've ever gotten from him. It was so much fun!

After that I was rarin' to go today and so was he. I think he genuinely has a good time on the trail, it seems that endlessly riding around in a ring was boring him to tears too. We were trotting along nicely when he asked to canter and next thing I knew we were having our first canter together! It's a good thing I got off his back because he's got a BIG canter, those hindquarters can really push. Technically I didn't ask him to canter, I just allowed it so I still have to teach him the cue, but I'm still really happy about it. He gave me a very smooth transition, he didn't buck, he didn't get strong, and it was quite easy to bring him back to a trot. What a good boy!

6 comments:

  1. perfect! I was taught that it is best to wait until the horse offers the canter before working on it. A trail is the best place to start that sort of thing. Yay!

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  2. Yay!! You said you wanted to go out on the trail this weekend and you did! And, a canter...wow!

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  3. awesome!

    Sounds like you both are having fun.

    Some horses really like being out on the trails, getting to move out and explore. I love horses like this, as they really make trail riding fun.

    Sounds like you and Coriander have lots of good rides ahead of you!

    Mary

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  4. Thanks everybody, he's a great horse isn't he?

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  5. Two great days of fun on the trails and with a canter too! Yay. I find that the horses tend to get bored going round and round in the ring too. It's always nice to take them out into the world once in a while. They seem to appreciate it.

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