Work in Long Reins Part 4: Canter Work



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Working in long reins gives us the fascinating opportunity to school the horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider. Here, the canter work will be the most challenging.

The horse needs to be energetic in his work without becoming hectic. And the horse must learn to canter in a well-balanced and collected manner, while the trainer needs to learn to give subtle and precise aids at a faster pace.

In this video, Saskia Gunzer demonstrates step by step how she structures the training in order to achieve a collected canter. This serves as the basis for more advanced exercises from counter canter to single flying changes and tempi changes, and from half passes to pirouettes.

 

Further videos in this series: 

Working with Long Reins Part 1: Equipment & Preparatory Exercises for the Horse
Working with Long Reins part 2: Reinsetting & First Long Reining Exercises
Working with Long Reins Part 3: Lateral Work, Collecting and Spanish Walk
 

You will learn in this video:

  • How to avoid getting kicked when introducing the canter work in long reins
  • The importance of voice commands and taking breaks in the canter work
  • The accurate timing of the aids for a successful canter transition

Saskia Gunzer

For many years she has been a successful trainer of work in hand, non-competitive dressage, trick training and the work in long reins, and trains horses of all breeds in the high school movements. 

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