Why is it that it is bad to counter canter and why is it bad to do it for so long?

Counter canter is actually a great exercise for both horse and rider. You find out how well your horse is listening to your aids and how balanced they can be when doing counter canter. However if you ask for canter and they just automatically go on the other lead, it’s not good cause it means they aren’t respecting what you’re asking enough and if you yourself don’t know what to work on in counter canter, the horse can get unbalanced, and stiff
Hi Leah,

It is not bad to counter canter because it gives them a brain exercise but if you do it to long then your horse will think that the correct lead is the wrong lead
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