Sunday, May 23, 2010

Canter transitions video

I started thinking that it would be nice to make a video that compared Panama's canter transitions to each side during our flat class practice, to show how much more explosive the first one was compared to the second one (where I actually listened to my trainer, sat back, and half-halted him before asking for the canter). Below is the result. Makes it easier to see the difference, doesn't it?



At May 23, 2010 at 4:24 PM, Blogger Leslie Wenstrom said...

Going to the left he also started in the right lead and immediately swapped to the left so you also just rode your first flying lead change....kinda. Also liked your control even though you lost your left stirrup! Getting better!

At May 23, 2010 at 5:29 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yeah, I see the difference. Has she worked with you on collection yet? I think that will help with his canter transitions as well. He needs to round up and lower his head. Right now he's running with his nose in the air, which gives you less control.

At May 23, 2010 at 11:25 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Leslie, I forgot to mention that but I did feel it at the time! I'd thought he was going to stop cantering, but then I felt him pick back up again. When you said he'd switched to the correct lead, it made sense.

I was pretty pleased about staying on despite the lost stirrup. Did you see the videos the other day, too, by the way? I posted both videos you took, from beginning to end, unedited.

NM, we've worked on collection before but not in a while, and I've stopped asking for it as much as we've been focusing on my riding more. He's not real great at collection -- at least not for me, I think he's better for my trainer -- and that's probably part of it too. In any case, I'm pretty sure that even if I get him to collect at the walk and trot, he will completely lose it the moment I ask for the canter -- he gets so excited! It is going to take some time before we can get a collected canter. Right now I call it a success if I stay on!


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