- A moderate and easy gallop adapted to pleasure riding.
- A rapid or easy passing over."A rapid canter in the Times over all the topics." [Sir J. Stephen.]
Note: ☞ The canter is a thoroughly artificial pace, at first extremely tiring to the horse, and generally only to be produced in him by the restraint of a powerful bit, which compels him to throw a great part of his weight on his haunches . . . There is so great a variety in the mode adopted by different horses for performing the canter, that no single description will suffice, nor indeed is it easy . . . to define any one of them.
Etymology: An abbreviation of Canterbury. See Canterbury gallop, under Canterbury