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In horse riding, the canter is a three-beat movement, and a collected canter finds a horse coming back and staying active. Get a horse to extend his frame through an extended canter with helpful advice in this video on horse training and dressage.
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So, now I'm going to go ahead into the canter. The canter is a 3 beat movement. You have a nice working canter which the horse goes a little bit more forward, going to stay in a nice circle to start him off. And then you have something which is called a collected canter where the horse comes back a little bit more and stays active, stays a little bit more, oops, on the spot and then you go a little forward into working canter. So you can see the difference where again I ask him to come back a little bit and then I ride forward again. So, it's very minor, you give very small aids, small adjustments from your seat, your leg, your back, and then again I bring him back a little bit, and then I ride forward again. And he has to be very obedient and listen to those small refined aids and that's what these years of training the horses are supposed to learn how to do. And we have something called the extended canter which is where the horse actually extends his frame, extends, goes forward and we want to show quite a difference from collected canter to extended canter. So, I'm going to show you that down along side. Now, we extend and bring him back, good boy! One more time, I'll do this time going across the diagonal, go little more this time, extend it and I'm bringing the horse back. Good boy!