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  • Feeling unstable in a canter
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    03-20-2011, 09:47 PM

Hey guys,

About a year ago I took a bad fall. I was thrown into the indoor ring wall, fell on the ground, then the horse stepped on my hand and broke it.

So, I have issues with nerves. I'm perfectly fine with Mostly everything..and I do have a decent seat according to my trainer, I just FEEL like I flop around and am unstable at the canter like I'll fall off if the horse wiggles at all.

I didn't believe her when she said that, so she taped me at the canter to prove I was fine..and I was. Maybe it's in my head?

My horse, Benny, is really fast and has a small stride, which is alright, cause I'm confident on him, but nerves can cause issues with me. Benny likes to go fast and has a lot of go to him, and so do I, but I just get a bit nervous. :)

Any tips appreciated :)
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    03-21-2011, 03:30 AM
Sorry to hear about the bad fall. I really don't have much advice. I thought I would just say that I took a harsh fall about 4 years ago at the canter and it took me a LONG time to feel comfortable cantering that horse again. I am still fearful of cantering large, fast horses.
In my case, my horse at the time was lazy and on the forehand, so he trippedand went down on his knees at the canter and chucked me hard into the ground. No breaking of bones, but it hurt! After that when I took lessons, I was afraid he would fall and I would let him canter as slow as he wanted. Problem was, he was back on his forhand and lazy and this is the very root of the problem. My trainer kept saying, "pick him up, put some leg on, put the whip on him. YOu'll be safer if he's engaged" TRUE, but it felt scarier to me.
I never did get really comfortabel, but I got more comfortable.

My current hrose has a very small canter which is a dream to ride, but I still have fearful moments where I think he will trip and go down. I think it's my numero uno fear.
    03-21-2011, 11:39 PM
I would suggest going on a lunge line, but sometimes that can make the canter seem faster, which in turn can cause you to feel even more unstable. Idk, maybe you can try it out and see how it feels?
    03-22-2011, 02:16 AM
If you have access to a horse that canters smaller than your own horse, this will help you regain your confidence and balance at the canter, then go back to your own horse with a good feeling in mind and body.
    03-22-2011, 02:24 PM
Put a bucking strap (any large leather strap) so when you feel off balance you can hold strap to stay on with 1 hand and halt horse with the other hand. Just make certain to teach horse that Whoa means stop and to steer by neck reining.
    04-05-2011, 03:02 PM

Hello I get really nervous near cantering because before our riding teacher wanted us to rid e different horses I got a horse called harmony he went in to a canter and she jumped overa jump and anytime I think about cantering I get nervous and cry.My riding teacher wants us to canter I can't get led so I don't know what to do I'am nervous

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