cantering a draft mix for the first time

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    01-02-2012, 03:28 PM
cantering a draft mix for the first time

First time I canter Bailey, and I must say I love it. She has a very fast and powerful stride but because she isn't bumpy I felt rather secure on her. I know it might be difficult to see anything to critique, but if you have any comments I would appreciate it. (I know I slouch sometimes a little, I am working on my posture).

Truth is, I started with X factor, but he was really fresh and I didn't lunge him enough so he still wanted to canter. SO my trainer made me canter him, but I couldn't keep him going! I have had that problem for a while. I thought maybe it was because I would tense up too much so he would come back to a trot, so I tried to relax but it didn't work. My trainer made me get off and another student cantered him. She rode him really well and when I asked her what she did, she said she just kept squeezing him and used the crop, especially at the corners. Problems is I thought I was doing that (except for the crop), but apparently not enough. I was discourage things, AGAIN (this has been happening for a few months), hadn't worked out with X, but I am happy I was at least able to canter bailey and keep her head strait enough. You can't see it in the video but my left arm was lift up higher than my right and was pulling up towards my shoulder because Bailey has the tendency to put her head inwards.

(What annoys me most is that last summer I was able to canter X for at least one tour around the arena). Now I can't do much more than a quarter.
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    01-02-2012, 03:37 PM
Hmm, when I watch this video, it makes me realize and remember what goes through my head when I ride. When I was cantering Bailey, I would make her come back to a trot often because... I don't know, I didn't feel fear, but somethign inside me makes me stop. Maybe this is what is making X stop so often (even when I want him to continue), as he is very sensitive.

Has anyone ever felt this before? You don't feel unbalanced (nor perfectly balanced either, or scared but something makes you want to slow down, and then when you do you realize you wanted to continue. :/
    01-02-2012, 04:01 PM
I can'y watch t because it's blocked in my country.
    01-02-2012, 04:14 PM
Hidalgo, remove the music, ok?
    01-02-2012, 04:15 PM
I will do that. :)

    01-02-2012, 04:18 PM
ROFL, I thought Quebec was still part of Canada
Lonestar22 and blush like this.
    01-02-2012, 04:21 PM
LOL, it is... sort of. In my mind but not for many quebequers. ;)
    01-02-2012, 05:21 PM

Does this work? I changed the music and put a soundtrack from youtube's library. Not sure if it got published properly though. :/
    01-02-2012, 08:17 PM
Looks so fun! I want to go play on the cute pony! Lol
    01-02-2012, 08:34 PM
Well,. Bailey is way too cute for you. Maybe you need to send him my way. . .

Just kidding.

Ok, so critique is ok? Right?
What I see is that he is really mentally focussed on getting back with the group sitting around in the middle of the arena, and consequently, he wants to lean in and throw his shoulder in and bend to the outside.
To be honest, it looked like, toward the end of the video, that your rein action on him was almost encouraging that counter bend.

In any case, for you to be able to keep him bent properly and moveing off your leg, away from the group, I would get a really good trot out of him first, then when things are going great, just tip over into a canter. He isn't mentally with you nor ready for the canter, so though you are canterin ON him, you aren't cantering WITH him and he certainly isn't with you.

All that being said, I do realize how hard it can be to canter any new horse and how at first you might just be happy to keep your seat. The half draft I am riding now is challenging at trot and canter . I think I really fall apart when he canters because I just get so tense that I am gripping up a storm. ONe of these days I'll get a video of me on Zulu for you to pick apart.

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