Last summer I wrote about her current canter, which wasn't much as I wasn't really pushing the issue. Back then, her left lead was stronger, her upwards transitions were horrid, and she could barely hold her right lead to go an almost full 2o m. circle. After the canter, she forgot how to trot, bend, or relax and I had to go directly from a canter to a walk for her brain to settle down.
Thankfully, much has changed so far this year. While her left lead is still stronger, she can canter 3-5 times around a 20 m. circle now in both directions without issue. I would say her transitions are still pretty explosive, but she can now come back to a trot without losing her shit. And her trot afterwards is pretty decent. I just need to clean up the transitions and the first 2-3 strides and I think we could handle an Intro C test for sure, maybe a Training 1.
The following three photos are an accurate representation of our current trot-canter transitions. She throws her head, leaps into the gait, and then relaxes.
|Current upwards explosion, errr, transition|
Then she decides to trust me and to trust herself, and she settles down into this.
|Ohhhh, I CAN canter like a normal horse!|