September 30, 2020 – Ask Monty Newsletter

Question: Does your horse buck when picking up the canter?

How do you move forward from trotting to cantering because she likes to buck when she gets into a canter?

Monty’s Answer:

Thank you for the question. Without knowing the age of the horse or what has been done to prepare for the acceptance of the rider as well as the requests the rider might make, I am put in a difficult situation. It is my hope that you have made yourself aware of each of the incremental steps I go through to prepare for these various experiences. If your horse wants to buck upon entering the canter, then I suggest that there has been less preparation than I would recommend.

You bring up a point which should be addresses on my Online University if it has not already been well covered. My textbook From My Hands to Yours probably does not address this issue sufficiently. Those of us who have spent a lifetime with horses often take too many circumstances for granted. Watch my Online University as I intend to cover the subject of transitions as completely as possible. Keep sending your questions through, as this is the second week in a row I have discovered with your help that, even though we have over 600 lessons on the Monty Roberts University, we still have ground we need to cover. The learning never stops!


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