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Re: [RC] Canter Lead (was: transistion from trot to canter) - Dolores Arste

Really, the balanced transition starts with a stable diagonal pair. Many
people do not pay attention to the accurate cadence in any gait. This
accuracy of cadence is what the transitions are about.

So, let's dissect that canter depart. Stable right front and left hind. This
will be the second beat of the canter and the feet must land together at the
same time.

If the horse were to continue in trot, the next beat would be the opposite
pair landing. But, you want the outside hind to step deeper and the leading
leg or inside front to hang and wait. You unstablize the trot, in effect to
get canter.

I found Jay's example to be very good for learning the depart. I may use it

From walk to canter the horse actually does have to go through a step of
trot or that diagonal pair to get to canter.



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[RC] Canter Lead (was: transistion from trot to canter), k s swigart