Well I had another lesson today and it was great....not exactly what you guys suggested I do though. I had the horse I normally have and I went on a hack and learnt to canter.....(a very rough around the edges type of canter) but it was amazing!!!!! We spent the lesson in a large field and did posting trot, walking, and then sitting trot to canter then to posting trot etc. Was a really exciting lesson and I felt really comfortable! :)
Has anyone else found that their shoulders really ache after? Maybe I am tensing up? But man, my shoulders are killing me!!!!
You probably are tensing up! Make sure you breath and let your body roll with the canter.
I would also suggest spending 5-10 minutes before you mount to stretch and get your body all loosened up. I've been doing that before every ride and I forgot once and ended up pulling a muscle shortly after... could have been a fluke, but I am now a huge believer in stretching often. :)
Here I am trying to canter....the horses at this school are not trained to canter in the arena so it was hard work...we normally go to a large field but due to a large amount of mosquitoes we stayed and tried in the training arena instead. Graf did not want to canter.....
They are trained now to canter in the arena?! That's odd. That's where people should be learning to canter. Learning in a larger field can be dangerous... There is LOTS of room to pick up speed.
You horse probably doesn't want to canter because you are leaning forward, your hands a flopping all over and your not balanced. Also, your stirrups are pretty short, I'd let them down easily two holes. I think its nice to give a student a taste of what a canter is like in a controlled environment to give them a fighting chance if something happens. If you were mine we'd be going to no stirrups, no hands, pole work and posting patterns. All these will help steady your hands and improve your balance. Posted via Mobile Device
I'm not even sure they have training poles at my stables....I am learning in a tiny stable in Riga, Latvia... It's also tough to with translations and understanding my trainer and her understanding me!
Maybe learn to trot using a rope halter instead of a bit? It isn't fair to the horse to expect him to go while his mouth is used roughly. One of the nice things about a rope halter (sidepull halter) is that you can work your balance without being hard on his mouth.
Trooper in a rope halter:
Get a grabstrap to help you with your balance until you can feel the horse's movement and be lighter on the mouth.