Originally Posted by Spyder
Not bad for a third time.
Not my third time ever cantering, just third time feeling comfortable and confident. I started riding when I was about 12(self taught) and rode pretty much strictly western(tried english when I was about 15 or 16 but only just played around). Then I took a break when I was 21 and got pregnant and just started riding again about a year and a half ago(at 24) When I started riding again I got an OTTB and started English. In January I started lessons. I've had a huge mental block about cantering and I've finally gotten over it! I'm finally able to work on my position instead of just being nervous and stiff cantering only a few strides at a time lol
Originally Posted by FlyGap
Way to go! Keep up the good work and just relax, enjoy it, you're cantering!
She seems to be moving a bit too fast, your trainer told you to shorten the rein, I think you could have taken them up a bit more. Just like posting in the trot you really have feel the flow of a canter, deepen your seat, slightly rock with it and go with the flow. Do they have other slower moving horses for you to try? Sounds like you need to get on a confidence builder, a slow moving QH of sorts? Just an idea!
Molly is my confidence builder lol, I love this horse and I feel totally safe on her, they do have other lesson horses but I only feel completely comfortable on Molly, she has helped me progress so far in the past few months. I board my TB there and while she is much lighter, she is also a bit faster and doesn't always stop when asked, so I haven't progressed to cantering her yet(last time I did at the end of July I ended up falling off, she was being tough to stop and then bounced to a stop and turned while I kept going straight) She actually never used to canter so fast but she was switched to alfalfa pellets and senior feed which gives her more energy(doesn't make her hot, but she never used to be able to canter so much) I kinda like that she canters fast because it's almost as fast as my mare's so once I prefect my position on Molly, Bella's canter will feel like nothing since she is so light