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post #1 of 6 Old 06-12-2011, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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A very successful ride.

This thread is mostly so I can gush about how proud I am of my boy!

If two years ago someone had told me that my horse would canter around an arena with a rider and do it well I would have laughed in their face. Two years ago if I asked my horse to canter I would usually end up on his neck or on the floor.

Today my horse cantered the full arena (both directions), I stayed on, he didn't even offer a buck or any reluctance. In other words he was a complete superstar.

Most people are probably thinking "okay, most horses can do this what's the big deal?!" right? Well Phoenix has been through the ringer, he has bad hips and a bad back and cantering is very uncomfortable for him and his rider. It's like sitting on a washing machine. He cross canters and used to throw in these huge rodeo bucks. It's taken a lot of patience and work to get him to this point and i'm so happy and proud of him.

It's opened up so many possibilities for us, once he's more balanced in the canter and can go for longer we could try things above intro dressage, training level always seemed unachievable before. We could canter on trail without me ending up in a tree or trampled by the horse behind us. JOY.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-12-2011, 06:37 PM
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That's very exciting! I'm glad you are progressing and happy.

We are just starting to work on my boy's canter as well, can't wait until I am where you are!
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Wow that is a long time and much have taken so much work - fantastic result! Well done.
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That's very exciting! I'm glad you are progressing and happy.

We are just starting to work on my boy's canter as well, can't wait until I am where you are!
Thanks. He still has a long way to go, I mean I cantered him yesterday and my friend who was watching said it was a complete mess, which yeah it was. He tries so hard though.

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Wow that is a long time and much have taken so much work - fantastic result! Well done.
I spent a year getting the weight off him before I was comfortable with his fitness level; I wanted to make sure his extra bulk wouldn't do more damage to his poor hips.

So much work. I'm so glad he's finally getting somewhere.
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that's great! I am sure you will continue to progress.

Remember that better canter comes from a better trot - not more canter. Trot sets work the muscles and are the best way to build up the horse to make the canter easier. I love trot sets and did them with my horse when he first came off the track for a year before I did any canter work with him and it totally paid off!

Good luck and can't wait to hear more!

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that's great! I am sure you will continue to progress.

Remember that better canter comes from a better trot - not more canter. Trot sets work the muscles and are the best way to build up the horse to make the canter easier. I love trot sets and did them with my horse when he first came off the track for a year before I did any canter work with him and it totally paid off!

Good luck and can't wait to hear more!
Thanks.

I couldn't agree more. He's been back in work for almost a year and a half and has been doing lots of trot work during that time (it helped get him skinny again) and it really does seem to have helped get his muscles built up enough to handle small amounts of canter work. I'm taking everything really slowly with him and if he shows signs of pain then it's back to trot work.
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