The counter-canter

It is a basic exercise of work on the flat for horses of every discipline. With Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z.


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The general work on the flat first entails lenghtening and loosening up the muscles, then flexing them into collection. The works on the flat must be progressive, using classical figures and movements.
The counter-canter is a basic exercise. The rider asks the horse to travel in the opposite direction to that of the leading leg and bend, so that when on a curve to the left the horse canters with the right lead and viceversa.
The aims is to maintain the bend to the leading leg so that the horse looks to the outside of the curve, to keep the hindquarters from swinging to the outside of the curve, to maintain the rhythm and balance.

The rider should only ask according to the suppleness and collection of the horse and should always bear in mind that the conformation of the horse does not allow him to be bent to the line of the circle. The early lessons can consist of loops off a straight line.
Then progress, as the aims set about above are maintained, ti circles and serpentines. The rider uses the same aids as for the canter, maintaining the position towards the leading leg so that, for example, position left is maintained when in counter-canter around a right turn.
At first it may be necessary to hold this position more strongly, with the legs definitely applied and the weight positively to the inside, which is on the side of the leading leg. When the horse has understood and learnt, aids can be only hinted.

The counter-canter is an important suppling and balancing exercise and improves straightness, encourages the engament of the hindquarters if carried out correctly.
Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z work on the flat at home and show us the counter-canter.