EX­ER­CISE: 5 COUNTER-CAN­TER

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Counter-can­ter has the same rhythm as can­ter and your horse should be flex­ing over the lead­ing leg, which makes it look like he’s can­ter­ing on the wrong leg but he’s not. Most is­sues oc­cur when you over­bend. This al­ters the bal­ance over his shoul­ders and may cause him to change legs. Counter-can­ter is the one time Frank re­ally shows his eva­sive pow­ers, drop­ping the bit and chang­ing legs or break­ing back into trot. If this hap­pens, it’s use­ful to go into walk, re­fo­cus and try again. Start by rid­ing shal­low loops in can­ter, 5m away from the track. Go­ing back to the track, keep the bend over the lead­ing leg and ride counter-can­ter for a few strides, even rid­ing through the corners if it’s go­ing OK. If that’s a step too far, trot be­fore it falls apart. In­crease the loop to 10m once your horse un­der­stands what he’s be­ing asked to do.

Frank re­ally isn’t keen on counter-can­ter Rep­e­ti­tion and per­se­ver­ance pay off

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