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    04-13-2012, 02:10 PM
Originally Posted by bsms    
Have you considered an Aussie saddle? Mine feels like my English saddle, but I have more confidence with the poleys & horn than I do without - even tho I don't touch them cantering. Just knowing they are there helps my confidence. The only time I've been really hurt riding, it was using an English saddle. The saddle had NOTHING to do with the fall. I was dismounting when my horse half-reared, spun 180, then bolted. No saddle would help in a situation like that. Still, the change to an Aussie saddle helped my confidence.

Or, canter with a different horse. You mind associates cantering with pain. To change that, you need cantering without pain. And that may take cantering on a different horse until you feel more comfortable.
I've looked into it online, they're quite pricey which worries me. Is there a cheaper alternative? Thanks for the post :)
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    04-13-2012, 02:18 PM
How about the obvious?

Have a riding instructor start you cantering on a longe line. The chances of losing control of the horse are much less.

Work on your seat and your balance so that you do not need to rely on gimmicks.
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    04-13-2012, 02:21 PM
If you regained your confidence at canter once before, then it is certain that you can do it again. Time will make this happen, and more time in the saddle at whatever gait.

Cantering in an arena can sometime feel more frightening than cantering down a trail. Especially if you do short canters, like up a little hill or such, out on the trail .
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    04-13-2012, 02:21 PM
Originally Posted by mildot    
How about the obvious?

Have a riding instructor start you cantering on a longe line. The chances of losing control of the horse are much less.

Work on your seat and your balance so that you do not need to rely on gimmicks.
My yard doesn't believe in riding on a lunge. When your on your own you won't have anyone to hold a lunge for you anyway. Sorry :)
    04-13-2012, 02:27 PM
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    04-13-2012, 02:52 PM
Originally Posted by horsemadgirl    
So about 5 months ago I had a pretty bad fall and completely lost my confidence cantering. I got it back for like 3 months and then over christmass I couldn't ride as much (weather and not being able to get to my yard) and when I did it was only walking a trotting and maybe a few small fences. I feel SOO un confident cantering now and i'm afraid of starting again. It puts me off riding which is horrible. WHAT DO I DO?!
Aww, I think we all have these moments...

I was riding a barn sour horse who was being incredibly difficult, and he bolted to go one direction and lost his footing.....ended up slipping due to his own sudden movement. I of course went flying over his head and landed about six feet away, we were only doing a trot :(

I got back on and was FINE but started blubbering like a baby the moment someone asked me if I was okay...not sure why that set me off, maybe the adrenaline?

Anyways, you WILL get over it. Besides, the trot is much harder to sit than the canter, so maybe you are doing your seat a favor :)
    04-13-2012, 04:51 PM
Originally Posted by horsemadgirl    
I've looked into it online, they're quite pricey which worries me. Is there a cheaper alternative? Thanks for the post :)
Hmmm...mine was $750 new (on sale). If I close my eyes, I can't tell the difference between it and my $1200 (on sale) Bates AP saddle. Except, maybe, the Bates is bouncier.

This one is $660, and the place that sells them has sales pretty regularly. I've seen good reviews of it.

Kimberley Series Aussie Saddles

The REAL Aussie saddles are around $3500 on up, which is WAY outside my price range.

I've never considered a saddle a gimmick, but I'm not pure grace in motion, either. I keep remembering a Japanese exchange instructor at the F-4 RTU in Florida many years ago. He was famous for cheating on the rules in a dogfight. If the student in the rear cockpit questioned him about it, he would reply:

"You no have will to cheat, you no have will to win! Banzai!"

Then he would light the burners and attack...

I also wear of those head-protecting gimmicks.

Nope, I'm not a natural rider...
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    04-13-2012, 11:14 PM

This is a difficult situation, because being tense/holding your breath/being stiff makes it impossible to follow the horse's motion at the canter, and not being able to follow the horse's motion makes you much less secure. So you really need to figure out a way to break this cycle in order to get your confidence back.

Is there something else you can do, within the limitations of your school's program, to get more comfortable? Ride a different school horse or take a private lesson? Are you working on riding the canter in full seat or two point? If in full seat, ask to have a grab strap put on your saddle for a while, so you can pull yourself into the tack and regain your following seat.

Are you familiar with any breathing control or sports psychology exercises? These can really help break the cycle of building tension.

Please do post more details, I would love to help you work this barrier.
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    04-13-2012, 11:17 PM
Aussies saddles are a good idea, i've never thought about it. I tried out my horse when I was buying him, in an Aussie saddle. Took me a while to figure out how to rise in trot though haha. But it's really comfortable and keeps you nice and still in the saddle, it's quite easy to find a good 2nd hand aussie saddle you just need to look around. Also would it make you feel better when someone is watching you ride? I know it always helps me.
    04-13-2012, 11:22 PM
OP, I suggest finding a barn that offers safe lunge line lessons and really schooled school masters.. and I also recommend investing in a saddle that YOU feel secure in. It'll be expensive but if it'll help your confidence, that's a huge deal!

One of my lessees doesn't like riding in my dressage saddle because she's been western so we're trying to find an Aussie and/or Western that fits on me horse so SHE feels comfortable.

It makes a difference. I've never fallen via cantering but cantering scares me because it feels like I'm out of control (it's new to me) so being on the lunge line helped me to learn in a safe manner.

I highly recommend it.

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