Horseback Riding - Canter
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Flatwork - Riding The Canter

The next pace up from trot is the canter. Canter is a three time movement which has a moment of suspension in between each canter stride.

The Footfalls
The horse can be on one of two canter leads depending on which rein they are on.

Left Lead Canter
On the left rein the horse will pick up left lead canter, this is where the horses off hind strikes off first followed by the near hind and off fore together and the near fore being the last footfall to go down.

Right Lead Canter
On the right rein the horse strikes off with their near hind first followed by the off hind and near fore together and the off fore being the last leg to go down.

Types of canter

Asking for canter