The School of Légèreté Part 5: Canter transitions, flying changes, pirouettes



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Canter transitions are a crucial part of the canter work. It is very helpful when the horse understands a certain amount of lateral work. Philippe Karl corrects the frame of the horse in canter when necessary. If the horse goes too deep, he uses an upward half halt. when the horse travels too high he allows the horse to let the neck fall by asking with the bit in the corners of the mouth.

There are many ways in which the horse can learn more easily the canter transitions. Once a horse is cantering confidently and can bend in all directions, the flying changes can be attempted. Here too, Philippe Karl has a particular method he likes to use, which he shows us. Once he has done the preparatory exercises he will ask for the flying change on the circle from a relatively big canter into counter canter.

The canter pirouette demands a lot of collection from the horse. It is prepared using travers in walk on a circle and then developed by asking for canter transitions in travers.

You will learn in this video:

  • The theory behind canter transitions and how it helps with young horses or horses with difficulties regarding the canter work
  • How to prepare a more advanced horse systematically and calmly for the flying changes
  • To collect the canter by riding shoulder in and asking for transitions into and out of halt

Further videos in this series: 

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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