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Lightbulb moment: A good canter IS good enough, it doesn’t have to be a perfect canter!

For quite a while I was obsessed with getting the ‘perfect canter’ to a show jump. I think this was the result of certain very pernickety trainers a long time ago, but unfortunately this played to my micromanaging side, which didn’t need any encouragement!

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Consequence – too deep to the fence, and a rail down.

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Daisy argued on the way to this upright, in the warm-up, and ran through my distance.

I have now realised that the effort to get the canter perfect often led to me doing far too much, to the detriment of the approach.

On an independent-minded horse, this can be particularly counterproductive.

Now I am happy with getting a good canter, and just trying to concentrate on keeping it all the way to the fence, and my mare is far happier too.

These photos (below) show a far better approach and jump, probably because I wasn’t trying to micro-manage the canter into perfection that time. Lesson, hopefully, learned…

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led to a much better take-off point and a far better jump!

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Final stride before take-off, no argument…

 

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Kerry

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  • oh god been there own that t-shirt!
    when someone is getting me to concentrate on canter it all falls appart. when i concentrate on straightness and good turns and approaches its wonderful. just need someone to shout the right things, especially all the voices in my head 😉