Canter Walk Transitions

The canter walk transition is an important excercise to introduce after your horse is cantering in a relaxed rhythm. The rider should be ale to lengthen and shorten the stride of canter before attempting the transition. Start by cantering a 15 meter circle and as you come to the track, shorten the canter stride with half halts, then ask for a downward transition by sinking both heels and half halting with the outside rein, immediately give the reins and establish a relaxed walk before cantering again. Repeat this until the transition is seamless and smooth. Common problems arise when the rider hangs in the reins in the half halt, or forgets to shorten the stride before asking for the transition. The rider must remain relaxed and balanced in order to have a successful transition. Think about sitting on the hind legs rather than stopping the motion with the hands.