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post #1 of 16 Old 11-03-2013, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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I have been having trying to canter but I just can't get a grasp on it. Does anyone have any tips?
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What's the problem you're having?

What style of riding are you doing?
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What style of riding are you doing?
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Okay we need more information

Does your horse speed up? Does your horse duck into the center of the arena? Does your horse have experience being under saddle? How long have you been riding? Have you or have you ever been in lessons? How old is your horse? Do you feel safe walking and trotting your horse, but not in canter?

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Okay we need more information

Does your horse speed up? Does your horse duck into the center of the arena? Does your horse have experience being under saddle? How long have you been riding? Have you or have you ever been in lessons? How old is your horse? Do you feel safe walking and trotting your horse, but not in canter?
She is not my horse. But yes she does speed up. Yes she has experience. I have been riding for about 3 months. Yes I do lessons 3 times a week. The horse is about 12 almost 13. Yes I fell safe with everything. It is just every time I start to canter it is like my mind goes blank.. (Does that make sense). I get so excited that I forget. I mean I have grownup up with horses so it is not like I am scared.
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pffftt I'm scared!!!! Lol Cantering my lesson horse, excites her a lot. Especially down the long end of the arena. She's a spunky girl, and I get scared with my corners.

I would ask maybe if your coach has someone else even if it's just for a lesson or two that's slower to help with your confidence. With the other horse I ride, he's got a super nice canter. We cantered for 30 minutes, I've never done more then a minute on my other girl. He's got a nice canter, I can relax my breathing and think! And not worry about anything else.
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pffftt I'm scared!!!! Lol Cantering my lesson horse, excites her a lot. Especially down the long end of the arena. She's a spunky girl, and I get scared with my corners.

I would ask maybe if your coach has someone else even if it's just for a lesson or two that's slower to help with your confidence. With the other horse I ride, he's got a super nice canter. We cantered for 30 minutes, I've never done more then a minute on my other girl. He's got a nice canter, I can relax my breathing and think! And not worry about anything else.
WOW! Thank you so much! That is great!!!!
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She is not my horse. But yes she does speed up. Yes she has experience. I have been riding for about 3 months. Yes I do lessons 3 times a week. The horse is about 12 almost 13. Yes I fell safe with everything. It is just every time I start to canter it is like my mind goes blank.. (Does that make sense). I get so excited that I forget. I mean I have grownup up with horses so it is not like I am scared.
This is much better! Okay so you're new to riding, and yes cantering is a HUGE adrenaline rush. I completely relate to you on that level.

Can you ask your coach to put you on the lungeline so you can hold onto the front of the saddle and feel the canter?

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When I relearned to canter after a 20 year absensce from riding, I had to borrow another horse. The first horse knew that I was scared so it flat out refused to canter. So my instructor borrowed a horse from a boarder that didn't know me and she taught me to get over the fear/excitement of cantering. Then she put me back on the previous horse and suddenly, he cantered!
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When I relearned to canter after a 20 year absensce from riding, I had to borrow another horse. The first horse knew that I was scared so it flat out refused to canter. So my instructor borrowed a horse from a boarder that didn't know me and she taught me to get over the fear/excitement of cantering. Then she put me back on the previous horse and suddenly, he cantered!
=) I am happy for you!!!! =) So I should try a different horse?
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