Question # 203: I am having issues with my canter to trot transitions...
...My trot to walk is almost perfect, in that I feel as if my horse is still actively engaged in the hind end when we transition downward, and I feel our upward transitions (all of them, even into the canter) are fairly good. The trot to canter isn't perfect, but it's still better than the canter to trot. Especially to the left. What are some exercises to improve that particular downward transition? Thank you! (Kymbre)
One of the most challenging transitions for many horses is to go from canter to trot! Because of the extra speed involved in the canter, and the fact that horses tend to travel a bit crooked in the canter (with their haunches to the inside), they are prone to falling more onto the forehand. The more momentum the horse carries in the canter, the more difficult it will be to come back to the trot smoothly and easily. And the problem is frequently compounded by the fact that riders too often... (Click on Question Title above (in blue) to read full answer)