In order to canter on a horse, shift the outside leg behind the girth and start by going to a sitting trot. Canter on horseback after becoming comfortable with posting and sitting the trot, with tips from an equestrian coach in this free video on horse care.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


25 Responses to Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Canter on Horseback

  1. Anonymous says:

    NaturallEquine – haha me too x

  2. Anonymous says:

    I <3 horses!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I fell off when I was first started to canter :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    the only way to make it better is to get right back on that horse!

  5. Anonymous says:

    so true!

  6. Anonymous says:

    (continued) I got 2 rides swimming- first went well but the second time I rode double and sat behind my partner. Jackson (the Percheron I was riding) reared and my partner fell, causing me to fall with her. We got back on and he reared again but this time I was infront and I stayed on. Do you think that was just a coincidence cuz that gelding had hardly a mane I could hold onto?
    If you want to judge my riding and give me tips, go to my channel and browse my videos. :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been told I’m a natural rider but I hope you all wish me luck this June since I hope to canter bareback! It’s funny cuz on one of my videos someone asked me how many years I’ve been riding and really it was just a summer camp and 2 trail rides walking. Don’t judge this wrong please- in 5 days I had 8 lessons plus several other rides like a trail ride and even swimming with horses.

  8. Anonymous says:

    When the horse begins to canter you have to return your legs on the right position or you keep them the one back and the other forward? :p (please somebody answer…)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wen i didnt know how to canter this crazy pony started cantering but i instanrly new wat to do my teacher sed i was a natural

  10. Anonymous says:

    @ChocolateLuverify Same thing happened to me I know how you feel it really sucks! :( :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    try jumping smaller jumps and start on a non ex- race horse…

  12. Anonymous says:

    I had a bad accident jumping because i was on an ex-race horse and he gets excited and leaps over and i fell and couldnt ride for the rest of summer. It diminished my confidence completely and i havent done any more jumping since last summer, because im scared as hell. Im only 13 and im already scared. HELP! anyone got any advice?

  13. Anonymous says:

    That horse canters like a rocking horse!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the thumbs up because I don’t know how to canter yet…

  15. Anonymous says:

    @mariaria14 ikr the horse I learned on was really fast and bumpy! It was a by scary but my trainer said I was a natural! I’m a much better rider now!

  16. Anonymous says:

    thnx get it better now

  17. Anonymous says:

    OMG. YES.

  18. Anonymous says:

    thank you for showing the aids into canter on the corner ive always been a bit confused as to how far back the leg should go when asking. :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    I agree, with you.

  20. Anonymous says:

    yhh, x

  21. Anonymous says:

    Bless you, I hope I do not fall off my pony:L. I go to a riding skool in sywell

  22. Anonymous says:

    Don’t really know if this girl is giving us any basic TIPS atleast, to actualy know how to canter, thumps up if you think im rightt?

  23. Anonymous says:

    yesterday i wet riding with my pony (jaffacake) and she started cantering off with me and i had to do a dismount quickly. i banged my head on the floor and nearly went to hospital but im ok now.

  24. Anonymous says:

    i go to riding school and last time i have been my coatch asked me to learn canter but i was tooo afraid si iasked him to learn to canter next time. im going this saturday and im soo afraid!any tips anyone?

    P.S. im sorry if i misspelled anything…

  25. Anonymous says:

    every horse is trained different so putting ur heals behind the horses girth is not always going to work. With my horse, he would back up. Same thing with the sitting trot. U dont have to be sitting to start to canter. It all depends on the training on the horse. That is why people shouldnt be like, “You should do this and that.” Some horses arent trained the way the instuctor is showing them. I get where they’re coming from though!