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    04-08-2011, 09:15 PM
Critique My Cantering :D

Could you guys please tell me how I am doing at the canter? I finally got Pari to break his trot and canter but it didn't last long. Here is what I got though. Oh and you can be as harsh as you want, I really want to improve and so whatever I am doing wrong, please tell me. However, I also haven't cantered in like 2 years so keep that in mind that I am sorta rusty and I was gripping his mane for support :). Thanks!
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    04-08-2011, 09:28 PM
Super Moderator
Can't tell a lot iwth stills but except for the stirrup having come to far under your foot, you look good overall. Congrats on your progress.
    04-08-2011, 09:29 PM
Oh wow those are really bad! Haha! Here are some edited pics and I will try to get some better ones this weekend. Thank you if you can tell anything from these!

Also, how does my horse look? Does he seem to be moving well?
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    04-08-2011, 11:24 PM
Wow looking back at these, I see so many things wrong! I guess I was problably bracing on my stirrups and not hugging my horse's barrel enough which would explain why I felt so off balance. I kept feeling like I was falling forward and too far out of the saddle but when I tried to sit up straighter and deeper I ended up slamming into the saddle and popping back up again with his stride. :(

Thanks, tiny for your critique :)
    04-09-2011, 02:32 AM
I ride western so I'm not sure, but are you supposed to be angled forward when riding English?
    04-09-2011, 03:26 AM
Green Broke
It looks like your stirrups are to long, your feet have been pushed to far into the stirrup because of it I think.
You are probably leaning foward to try and keep your horse going, try sitting up and not pushing that much with your body so much, I did that as well sitting up actually made it easier.
It will get easier once your horse is more willing to canter :)
I have to fight my horse to stop now lol

Your horse looks like he might be on the wrong leg in some... not to sure though, your reins are a tad long but shouldn't really matter you want forward and if he's a good horse and wont run off that's fine.

Not really the best critquer but hope it helped
    04-09-2011, 03:49 AM
Green Broke
He looks like he has a long stride, which I find nicer and easier to sit. My mare had the same problem of not wanting to canter, and I solved that by sitting deep, lifting my inside rein and squeezing hard with my inside leg on the girth, and my outside leg behind the girth. If she didn't respond I would give her a soft but firm smack on the neck with my reins.

Then when she was in canter, I would grip slightly with my knees, and keep my lower leg on to encourage her forward if I felt her wanting to go back to trot. I would also lean a little bit back, as that helped me sit deep and be able to drive her on with my seat. Maybe you could try something like that, it really helped me.

He does appear to be on the wrong lead in a few pictures, which can make the canter uncomfortable and hard to sit to. Try canter figures of eight to get him to change leads. Try shortening your stirrups about a hole or two, and maybe that will help you drive him forward.

He looks like a sweet horse, and overall you don't look bad :)
    04-09-2011, 07:24 AM
Green Broke
He does appear to be on the wrong lead in a few pictures, which can make the canter uncomfortable and hard to sit to. Try canter figures of eight to get him to change leads. Try shortening your stirrups about a hole or two, and maybe that will help you drive him forward.

Phew not just me then that sees it :P

I wouldn't do the figure 8 just yet though, you want to get the feel of his canter first and feel more confident with your postion first.
Canter in straight lines and ask for it in the coners, outside leg behind the girth, sit up tall and just go with it
Good Luck
    04-09-2011, 08:50 AM
Thank you everyone :) I will practice with him some more tomorrow
    04-09-2011, 09:15 AM
If it’s hard to get him into the canter then, what I found was my problem, was that I tensed up going into the canter and he got confused. They look really good though! Hug tight with your knees, so your feet are free to go back and forth to ask for the canter again if he breaks.

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