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Wisdom Wednesday

There is zero point in cantering a horse that is not balanced or strong enough to canter. Riding an unbalanced, crooked canter is just teaching an unbalanced, crooked canter in addition to tension and worry. An unbalanced horse is not a relaxed horse. You can't teach a relaxed canter to a tense horse. Straightness and balance are established in your walk and trot work. You will not be able to fix the canter with more canter. The canter will come with time, correct work and patience. I see far to many horses and riders that were expected to canter prior to being read to canter. It takes a long time to undue poor work. Much longer than it takes to establish correct from the beginning.

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