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post #1 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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First canter!

Ok so here is a video of me cantering for one of the first times today. Please critique!

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post #2 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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I feel like i did really good for a second and then it fell apart... :(
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 11:30 PM
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I think you did pretty good for your first time cantering! Seems like you really need to just focus on relaxing and breathing. You seem very tense which is what is causing you to bounce. If you just relax and think about your weight flowing down through your heels you will have an easier time sitting.
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-16-2013, 12:18 AM
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In my head while I was watching the video I was thinking relax your knees, and then a half second later your instructor said it. Good for you for your first time, it takes a few rides, but you will get it. !
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-16-2013, 02:15 AM
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Good job for your first canter!

Try and relax.. I couldn't tell if you were in two point or trying to sit it. Your horse may have stumbled because of you being tense and making it harder to balance.

Keep at it :) Don't pinch with your knees.. I noticed it as soon as you had 2 strides in.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-16-2013, 02:49 AM
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I wonder about that horse. He looked a bit lame at the trot.

You did just fine. You,ll grt the feel for it soon.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-16-2013, 03:18 AM
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You did good for the first time. The more you canter the more relaxed you'll get. It looked like the horse was limping when trotting and kind of like the leg gave out more then a true stumble but since I wasn't there it's hard to make that a sure call.
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I'm real bad about relaxing sometimes... >.>
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-16-2013, 04:12 PM
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Good job! The first canter is so exciting! I still remember mine.

Like everyone else has said; relax! Try to keep your hands forward and close the horse's neck, rather than bouncing up and down with your body. Your leg, heel, and posture are very nice. Just breathe, stay calm, and you'll get the hang of it soon.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-16-2013, 07:38 PM
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Here's my non-horsey, "mom" perspective. Cantering for the first time outside on a sunny day--that must have felt magical! And you were able to canter for so long as well. Congratulations!
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