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    09-25-2007, 05:13 AM
A few months ago I was riding with the group and we were cantering, but the instructor told us to go further in a nice gallop. Well, I gave my horse the sign to go in a gallop, and I still don't knwo what went wrong, because before I know it I was LAUNCHED out of my saddle... and came crashing down on the floor, 4 meters further from the horse! (sorry for the meters, I'm from holland, you know!) I stood up, walked back to the horse and went back into the saddle. My instructor said 'let's try to gallop again'. I tried, but no matter how hard I tried... I was just too scared to been fallen off AGAIN!
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    09-27-2007, 09:01 PM
I was doing that too weird thing but go into the round pen with your horse and someone you trust alot. Put a lunge line on the horse and move your horse in a circle (the problem way) at a walk while holding your arms out. After you get comfortablewith walking trot with your arms out make sure the person you have holding the lunge line is trustworthy cause trust is a key thing here. When you get comfortable trotting canter around in a circle. Then when you have accomplished that gallop. Throughout the different stages you will be able to find your center of gravity and find out what way to balance yourself. It sounds scary but my riding instructer had me do it a long long time ago and it helped me with my balance ALOT. So it may help you.
    09-27-2007, 09:53 PM
If you want to learn balance, there's nothing like bareback riding. The best horsemen can do everything bareback that they can with a saddle. I've seen fellows cut cattle bareback, and I'm telling you these horses are moving incredibly fast, especially on tough cattle. Bareback will help you alot- do a walk first, practice some turns and stops and stuff. But don't train on your horse or do anything like that- you are training yourself here. Then graduate to a trot, which is pretty hard. Put a hobble strap or similar strap of leather around your horses neck, and resist the temptation to hold onto it unless you are absolutely about to fall off. Alot of bareback riding, and you'll have excellent balance!
    09-29-2007, 05:40 PM
Are you talking about the canter? Or an acutal full out gallop (almost as fast as the horse can go.) If your instructor is asking you to GALLOP and not CANTER when you are not ready find another one. No instructor should push the gallop. Infact, my old English instructor wouldn't even teach it. I've never actually had ANY instructor teach galloping. Next time you go out to the barn to try whatever gait you are scared of listen to the hooves. If they make a 1-2-3 beat it's a canter and if it's a 1-2-3-4 beat it's a gallop. (Walk is also 1-2-3-4 and a trot is 1-2). The one thing I can tell you to do is do lots of trotting work WITHOUT stirrups or even bareback. This will improve your balance amazingly. If you are riding english put a neck strap around the horse and you can hold onto it if you begin to feel yourself slip or you can hold onto their manes...but don't pull to hard. You might need to shorten your stirrups or maybe the feeling of falling is because your saddle isn't tight enough. Good luck!
With tons of practice I can now run barrels, do jumping and galloping bareback. You'll get it sooner or later!
    10-01-2007, 01:14 AM
Hey, yeh it is in the wrong topic (it should be in training, but no worries) Yeh balance is the key to horse riding. I think I am repeating it what other pple have sed so I will stop there. Good luck anyway!
    10-01-2007, 06:06 AM
Originally Posted by Delregans Way
hey, yeh it is in the wrong topic (it should be in training, but no worries) Yeh balance is the key to horse riding. I think I am repeating it what other pple have sed so I will stop there. Good luck anyway!
This was my first-ever topic in this forum! :P
    08-26-2009, 01:13 PM
I Find Galloping A Lot Smoother Than Cantering!
Maybe 1 Stirrup Is Shorter Than The Other Causing Youu 2 Slip 1 Way?
Hold On2 The Mane Or Neck Strap!
Good Luck:)
    08-26-2009, 02:13 PM
It sounds like you shouldn't be galloping at all :/ I don't want to put down your instructor, but she is most likely pushing you too fast. If you're out of balance completely and falling at the gallop, you shouldn't be galloping. Simple as that. You need to master the basics before you ride the fastest gait a horse can go. Horses also get really excited when they gallop, and might throw a couple leaps/bucks in while they are running. So you need to be a skilled enough rider to be able to handle that, and be in balance with your horse. I'd talk to your instructor and say you're not comfortable with galloping. I'd do alot of no stirrups at the walk/trot, since the way you explain yourself seems like you wouldn't do too well cantering no stirrups. I don't want to sound mean, but I'm just telling the truth.

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