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In­tro­duc­ing can­ter of­ten leads to prob­lems for ex-rac­ers, warns Katie. “An ex-race­horse prob­a­bly won’t un­der­stand about can­ter strike-off — he’s used to his rider go­ing for­wards out of the sad­dle, short­en­ing the reins and off they go,” says Katie. “Some horses learn to strike off quickly, whereas oth­ers will just trot faster, go off on the wrong leg or be dis­united.”

How to ride it

1 As with any in­ex­pe­ri­enced horse, yours will find it much eas­ier to strike off into the cor­rect can­ter in a cor­ner, so use this to your ad­van­tage. 2 Be clear and con­sis­tent with your can­ter aids. 3 If your horse takes the wrong lead, or is dis­united, al­ways take him back to trot so he learns this isn’t cor­rect. 4 If he’s strug­gling, lighten your seat slightly. This will help to un­block his back so the hind­leg can come through to achieve the can­ter. Don’t lean for­wards, though. Once he’s in can­ter, sit back in the sad­dle again. n5 Ini­tially he may bowl on in can­ter as he won’t be strong enough to work in bal­ance. Let him do this, but if he gets too fast, ride 20m cir­cles in­stead of go­ing large. Make it as easy for him as you can — don’t block him with your hands.

Light­en­ing your seat can help your horse strike off into can­ter

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