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post #1 of 3 Old 10-22-2010, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Bad habits

Hi everyone,
I`m 14 and have been riding for almost 6 years now and 2 years ago i went to a horse camp and when i was riding there one day the instructor told me to post if when in the canter the horse i was riding started to trot again, this bugged me because i had been taught to not do that so i can just push the horse right back in the canter. Now 2 years later posting when my horse stops cantering is a bad habit of mine that my coach hates.
Has this ever happened to someone or could anyone give me any ideas to break this bad habit?
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-23-2010, 09:18 AM
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Try to listen to your horse, usually you can tell when he is about to break. Don't give him the chance to break. When you feel him start to, squeeze w/ your knees. If You miss the signs that he is about to break and he starts trotting DON'T post and get him back to the canter quietly. Of he is coming down from the canter to the trot and you asked him to, start sitting really deep and sink your heels down and look up when you are ready to transition to the trot. Hope this helps and good luck!!!

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-23-2010, 04:58 PM
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Perhaps she told you to post so you can regain a balanced, calm trot before asking for a canter?

Just don't do it, in transitions you should always "sit back", so think "sit back". Its hard to sit back while posting.
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