Reply To: cantering issues. Help?

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sounds as if (in addition to getting a vet check) you may want to spend some time getting him “broke” before doing much jumping–it is important that the horse know how to collect and extend and have some modicum of self carriage and balance to safely and successfully jump. Getting him to understand how to canter involves learning to accept driving aids (legs), restraining aids (seat, bit) and sideways leg (to teach him to step under with the inside hind leg to strike off into the canter). A horse that is not balanced at the canter (and who canters too fast without steering) will flatten their arc over the jump, causing them to land and go faster with even less balance, which leads to knocking down jump rails and possibly causing him to feel insecure about jumping.