Raising the Standards

Retraining a Standardbred to Canter Mini Course

Looking to teach your standardbred to canter, but your horse is finding it difficult?

Feeling frustrated, confused, or worried that retraining your standardbred to canter just might not ever happen?

It’s time to breathe a sigh of relief; you’re in the right place!

Our team of standardbred retraining experts have spent two decades working closely with this awesome, but quirky, breed of horse.

We have stood in your boots and we understand how overwhelming retraining a green standardbred to canter can be (probably a LOT more complicated than you imagined when you first brought your horse home!)

Before you found your way here, you may have spent endless hours Googling for advice on how to teach a standardbred to canter.

Sure, you’ll have picked up a few tips during your research. But the riders on those standardbred tutorial videos make it look so darn easy! And this may cause you to lose confidence in your abilities, when the reality of retraining a standardbred in real life looks very different to the pretty pictures on the screen!

Let us reassure you that teaching a standardbred to canter with a 3-beat rhythm is something which can be achieved through good training.

But, it will take time for your standardbred to learn unfamiliar movement patterns and develop new habits.

It will also take steady training to build the strength and coordination your standardbred needs to feel comfortable and balanced in the canter (our programs are not right for you if you’re looking for a ‘quick fix’ – we believe in retraining standardbreds so they’re set up for epic, long-term success!)

It also helps to have someone show you exactly what activities you should be doing with your standardbred to stop them from rushing, falling into the pace or ‘trantering’ (where your standardbred’s front legs are cantering and back legs trotting!) And also how to do these exercises correctly.

Going it alone is really tough; it adds hours and hours of unnecessary trial, error, confusion and frustration into your standardbred retraining journey.


Wouldn’t it make more sense to learn from someone who has been through the process before you?

To take a shortcut on the path to standardbred success!

By learning from experienced standardbred people, you can avoid getting stuck in a rut and all of the exhaustion that comes from having to figure out every little skill and strange standardbred behaviour on your own.

That’s where your friends here at Raising the Standards are ready to lend you a helping hoof.

In our standardbred canter mini course we’ll teach you:

  • Pre-canter exercises to get your standardbred feeling fit, flexible and ready to rock that canter rhythm
  • Rider responsibilities: how you can be awesome training partner for your standardbred
  • Pacers vs trotters: tailoring your retraining to suit your standardbred’s harness racing history
  • The importance of leads and mastering your horse’s ‘bad’ canter direction
  • Bending and flexing your standardbred to canter success
  • Unharnessing the power of verbal buttons
  • Setting up the perfect canter space
  • The 4 go-to canter strategies used by top standardbred retrainers

The standardbred canter training course is full of standardbred canter tutorials; a collection of standardbred training videos and PDF downloadable worksheets.

There is so much value jam-packed into a small $29 investment!

This course is designed to walk you through the process of how to teach your standardbred to canter in in a way which reduces feelings of overwhelm and helps your horse to feel relaxed and confident learning new skills.

With over 7 years of experience delivering online standardbred courses to riders from all around the world, we’ve had hundreds of students – normal, everyday riders just like you – enrol in our standardbred programs and find great success following our methods.

“Thank you Nic for this awesome course. Max was such a jumble of legs when we signed up & I didn’t know whether we were ever going to get it together. Your exercises are so easy to do (even for an old duck like me) and I feel so much more confident moving forward!”
– Sue, Victoria
“I’ve only had time to get through the first two lectures and already have learned so much. I went out and tried some of the activities and immediately there was a huge improvement in Bobby’s relaxation. I think I saw a light bulb go off!”
– Sarah, QLD

How much does this standardbred canter training mini course cost?

Enrol in our retraining a standardbred to canter online course for just $29

You will have unlimited access to work through this program in your own time.

There is no set expiry and you will be able to access the learning content on an ongoing basis.

What if I'm not 'tech savvy'?

Never fear; this standardbred canter course has been designed to be user-friendly. When you enrol you’ll create an account on our standardbred tutorial website.

Whenever you wish to access learning material, you simply enter your email and password to log in.

Content is organised into lectures, so you can work through modules one at a time and never lose your place, nor feel overwhelmed.

The course content lives in our student portal, for you to access any time in the future.

We’ve had riders ranging from juniors to people in their 70s successfully take our standardbred retraining programs. It’s all laid out in a very simple way.

If at any time you’re having any trouble, simply reach out via email and our friendly, responsive team will be happy to help!

This standardbred canter training program is designed to suit busy lifestyles.

We get it; life really is crazy busy!

And for some of us, we have to squeeze horse time into an already bursting schedule.

This is why we’ve set learning content out in a simple way, so you can pick up where you left off last time and go back over interesting lectures.

There’s no set schedule you need to stress about keeping up with. Make the standardbred canter program fit into your life.


You can log into our standardbred tutorial website on any device, which makes learning portable.

You’ll have the flexibility to watch a standardbred canter retraining video on your phone at the paddock and have a go straight away (it’s like having an instructor in your pocket!)

Or make use of that ‘boot up’ time lying in bed each morning by looking through standardbred training videos (coaching from the comfort of your pillow… ahh, not a bad way to learn!)


Simply send us an email and we’ll be happy to help!