How to Canter a Horse

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Watch as an expert explains the basics of cantering a horse in this free online video about horseback riding.

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I'm Kelli on behalf of Expert Village, I'm going to show you some tips and techniques that I use when cantering and loping my horse. So now we have our horse properly prepare to canter. We have some collection with the bit, we have her hip coming in slightly, we have our outside leg on the horse belly. So we are going to use our outside leg, we are going to give her a kiss and we are going to have her go into a canter. So you can see canter is a nice smooth gate, she is on the proper lead, she has her left foot coming forward. We are keeping our posture, keeping our heels down, we are keeping our left leg on her side so she maintains forward momentum. We are holding our reins nice and soft, and supple, we are not having our arms to far to the side. Looking where we want to go. Keeping our inside into her belly to keep her forward momentum going. If I take that out she is going to go a little off balance and she is probably going to stop on me cause that is her cue to go forward. You can also give a little kiss every now and again if you have to keep her going. So that is cantering.

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