Long rein work part 4: Canter work



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Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. The canter work is definitely the biggest challenge.

There needs to be enough energy in this work without the horse becoming hectic. The horse must be able to canter in a well-balanced and collected way and the trainer needs to learn how to continue giving subtle and precise aids at a faster tempo.

Saskia Gunzer shows us in this video how she trains the horse step by step in order to achieve a collected canter that will be the basis of more technical exercises. Counter canter, single flying changes, tempi changes, as well as half pass and pirouettes are valuable exercises when it comes to canter work.

You will learn in this video:

  • How careful one must be to avoid getting potentially kicked when introducing canter in the long reins
  • The importance of voice rewards and breaks when it comes to canter work
  • The timing of the aids for a successful canter transition

Further videos in this series: 

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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