Working Canter

The HDV12 German Cavalry Manual is full of language that is specific to the equestrian environment and classical German horsemanship.

This unique equestrian vocabulary developed over hundreds of years of cavalry tradition and has no equivalent in the English language. Some terms can be translated quite easily – e. g. “Arbeitsgalopp” or Working Canter – others are difficult and need additional explanation, e.g. “Durchlässigkeit” (throughness).

When we read the HDV12 German Cavalry Manual on the Training of Horse and Rider, it helps to have a visual to understand what is meant.

Here a video that shows “Shortened Working Canter“, old remount in the second year of schooling. And, yes, the horse is wearing an original M25 German Army Saddle with folded wool blanket (folding instructions can be found in the HDV12 German Cavalry Manual).



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