Canter pirouettes are one of the most difficult exercises for a horse to perform and many horses are unable to achieve them. The horse’s forehand moves around their hind quarters as the hind feet mark a small circle, maintaining the same cadence in the canter.
The rider must remain light in their aids, if the hand becomes hard, they block the forehand and hind quarters.
Common faults in the pirouette are listed, but knowing the difficulty of this exercise, the horse should not be overly criticised.
The pictures below show 4 horses in canter pirouettes, what do you think of the movements? It can be easier to see what is happening in a pirouette from a video, have a look at some on the internet to see what you think.
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