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post #1 of 13 Old 09-10-2012, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Confidence at the canter


So here it goes, when I used to ride a long time ago I mostly did walk-trot (I was a little kid) and when I did canter, it was up hills on trail rides mostly. Some of it was in the ring but mostly on trail rides. Now speed it up many years, I am afraid to canter. Just canít do it. I have been getting a horse into shape and today we were riding and the breeze was just right that it gave her so must energy and all she wanted to do was canter. She picks up the right lead and everything I just always bring her back to a trot because I am not too sure of it. We have a great bond so its not like I donít trust her. I just donít trust myself.. any tips!? I ride English and I have heard many talks about cantering in a half seat or not? ←-could totally be wrong there. Haha. Help!

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Do you have someone who could have the horse on a lunge line while you ride? That way you can find your seat in that gait without having so much of the "what if she leaves me in the dust" feeling.
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Do you have someone who could have the horse on a lunge line while you ride? That way you can find your seat in that gait without having so much of the "what if she leaves me in the dust" feeling.
not really :( usually on Fridays I can meet up with a lady but that's it. I usually try and ride as much as I can. I figured lunge line is the best way. However is there any other ways?

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You could try easing her into a canter from a trot, and if you feel like it's too fast make a nice medium to large sized circle. That will help slow her down and give you a few seconds to regroup. As for the riding in halfseat (is that the same thing as 2 point? Lol) I honestly have no idea. I never had huntseat lessons, just went from saddleseat to dressage, so I've never taken that position aside from a short time where I tried jumping.
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...I ride English and I have heard many talks about cantering in a half seat or not? ←-could totally be wrong there...
I don't ride English...not very often, anyways. However, this thread may have food for thought:

Riding the canter in half seat

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Can you get your Friday friend to pony you? This way she can control her and you can focus on you. Then I would say keep cantering until your blue in the face. Just do it, do it, do it. I get nervous cantering bareback some times and I just have to do it!
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Also, do you know exactly what worries you?
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twiz- the circles might work just because I feel with the change of seasons commin and the cold-ish mornings are going to get the best of her and make her feel young again haha.

Bsms- thanks! I didn't see that one but the little reading I did so far is great advice.

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sidestop- no I don't! I think I just don't wanna look like a fool or anything. I think I need to take your advice and just go with it. Once I start keep going so I feel more comfortable and can get it to my liking

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Go when no one is around or with people you trust and canter, canter, canter! You said that horse needed to get in shape anyway, right? Lol
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