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.
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