Your left leg is on the girth to say, “Go forward to the canter.” Your right leg is a couple of inches behind the girth because it will signal his right hind leg to strike off into left lead canter. (He has to start cantering with the outside hind leg in order to end up on the correct lead.)
When he pins his ears and fusses, it is likely because he does not like the thought of working harder and he is protesting. That said, do make sure that you have his back evaluated and make sure that the saddle fits well—those factors can cause an otherwise willing horse to resist the speedier gaits.
Feeding the pasture, hay, and chaff is a great base to your horse’s diet, and adding calories (energy) from oats, barley, and sunflower seeds is practical. This base diet will provide the calories, protein, and some minerals that he needs, but there appears to be insufficient trace minerals in the total diet.
The canter is a controlled, three-beat gait, while the gallop is a faster, four-beat variation of the same gait. … The gallop is the fastest gait of the horse, averaging about 40 to 48 kilometres per hour (25 to 30 mph).
A good canter has a bounding stride, with the hindleg jumping right underneath the horse and the front end lifted. Above all, though a good, natural rhythm is essential and is always more important than big movement. 3. When a horse is tired, he’ll try to stretch down.
Well, it does vary with each peson like everyone else has said. I cantered very briefly when I had been riding for about 5 months. Then switched instructors, cantered after about a month, and now haven’t cantered in 4 months. It really depends on how nervous you are and how secure your seat is.
From the sitting trot, ask the horse to canter with your inside leg forward at the girth and the outside leg back. If you remain stable in your position, the transition should be smooth and balanced. To use your position in the downward transition, you will find that you don’t need to pull back.
If the horse canters on the wrong leg, it’s probably a pain association with the saddle. If it canters on the expected leg, but is unsettled, it may be an acceptance of the saddle issue. 4) Add the rider, and ask the rider to just sit there, centred and balanced, and cue the changes of pace from the ground.