The School of Légèreté Part 5: Canter Transitions, Flying Changes, Pirouettes 2015-12-04T00:00:00+01:00

Canter transitions are a crucial part of the canter work. It is very helpful if the horse is already somewhat familiar with the lateral work. Phillipe Karl adjusts the frame of the horse in the canter when necessary by giving and upwards half-halt should the horse drop too low, and, should the horse come above the bit, by touching the corners of the mouth with the bit, thereby asking the horse to bend and drop his neck.

There are a number of arena figures that can help the horse when learning canter transitions. Once the horse is cantering reliably and is supple on both sides, we can attempt the first flying changes. Philippe Karl gives a thorough explanation of his particular method in which the horse, after preparatory exercises, is asked to change from the true canter to the counter canter on the circle. 

Canter pirouettes require a horse that can already show a high degree of collection. They are first prepared with the walk pirouette and then gradually developed in the canter through specific gymnastic exercises. 

Further videos in this series: 

You will learn in this video:

  • How canter transitions are used in the training of young and experienced horses
  • How to prepare and introduce flying changes according to Philippe Karl’s method
  • How to improve collection in the canter with shoulder-in

Philippe Karl

Philippe Karl was a rider for famous Cadre Noir in France for thirteen years. He has made a worldwide name for himself as a trainer, author, and founder of the Ecole de Légèreté.

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