Real Life Rider Lee asked me … ‘what advice would you give to help with collected canter’. A really good question, the answer to which will help many. Here’s what I think …
First thing to do is to make sure you have properly established the working to medium so go for lots of variations in the stride, ‘on and back’ to get you and your horse used to the control of the variation in pace required, utilising paces you know you can do. 5-8 strides of each. I am assuming you know how to do these on the basis that collection only comes into tests at Elementary/Medium level so working to medium trot will be well established.
Walk to Canter / Canter to Walk
Secondly, one you are entirely happy that you have control over the variation and that means, you can control the number of strides, go for working canter to walk / walk to canter to get your horse absolutely on the seat and aids and encourage more hind leg. Again walk to canter is in the Novice test, so you will be accomplished with this.