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!
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…