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 more easily learn 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.
Further videos in this series:
The school of Légèreté Part 1: Theoretical basis
The school of Légèreté Part 2: Lunging is an important part of the training of horses
The school of Légèreté Part 3: Preparing the horse with ground work
The school of Légèreté Part 4: Suppling the horse with bending exercises
The school of Légèreté Part 6: Riding in a double bridle
The school of Légèreté Part 7: Combined lateral movements
The school of Légèreté Part 8: Jumping training on the lunge and under saddle
The school of Légèreté Part 9: Spanish Walk
The school of Légèreté Part 10: Piaffe and Passage
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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.> more
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