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        02-10-2014, 02:33 AM
    Golden makes a good point:

    "Riding in two point because she is frisky, I understand but you are making yourself venerable by being forward, get your butt down, if she is that frisky don't canter her, go back to walk and trot, plenty of transitions and turns before going back to cantering."

    If the hrose needs to warm up and get some ya=yas' out of her system, a big, loose trot would be better.
    There's something about a canter that can key a horse up. I have heard it said that the canter and gallop are the gaits a horse uses to flee danger, whereas a trot is just for cruising across countryside, so, when they begin cantering, it's easier for them to leave their thinking brain, and go into the automatic "Run!" side . So, until she is a bit softer, lowering her head, blowing out and trotting rhythmically, a canter is likely to trigger that kind of reaction, which makes the rider tense up, clamp down with knees, and the beat goes on. . . . .

    Also, two point is an "allowing" position. If you want to allow her to move out that's great, but if you are asking her to come back and match herself to your seat, you would do better to sit down.
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        02-10-2014, 09:45 AM
    I am so happy that I posted here, I am loving all of this advice :)

    Golden Horse - I don't ride her canter in 2 point because she is frisky, I do because she is fast. I am still working on sitting my canters, and would rather not bounce all over her back. But I do see what you are saying about putting myself into a vulnerable situation. One wrong move and BAM! I'm on the ground.

    Tense? Yes. I don't know why, because she's never taken a bad step with me. And she is super sweet. I think I do this on every horse that I ride. My trainer is always having to remind me to relax my elbows and breathe. (I ride a well-broke lesson horse) I'm not the bravest rider in the world haha!

    The ride after this (I think it was the next weekend) the ground was frozen so I didn't want to canter her. We just walked and trotted and did lots of circles. In my lessons we do a lot of walk for 4 strides, trot for 4 strides so I tried that with her. She didn't like it at first but got the hang of it. Serpentines are a great idea!

    Like I said, this ride (in the pictures) was for her to get some energy out. She gets sassy in the field and picks fights when she hasn't been ridden. But even saying that...when I say I cantered her, it was nothing more than maybe twice around the (small) ring in each direction. I'm a mostly trottin' kind of gal. :)

    I will be riding her this weekend again and will try another saddle. I'm excited to work on some new things. Transitions, transitions!
        02-10-2014, 09:47 AM
    Sky - I will try and be softer with those hands! Note to self: breathe, relax, move with her motion.

    Its funny because my stirrups feel fine where they are, but after everyone pointing out how short they are and me looking back at the pictures, I totally agree that they are super short. Makes me look sort of silly and scrunched up!
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        02-10-2014, 09:50 AM
    Ninamebo - oh the tension! I know, its terrible. Thank you for your feedback and advice. I will work on relaxingggggggg and giving something back with my hands. And lengthen those stirrups!
        02-10-2014, 09:56 AM
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I have heard it said that the canter and gallop are the gaits a horse uses to flee danger, whereas a trot is just for cruising across countryside
    good way to think about it, Tiny! She loves her gallops, as she is a polo pony...but we will leave that to the polo field :) I'll see what I can do with her to maybe collect herself a little bit. And big trots to get her warmed up. I also haven't ridden her tooooo many times. Maybe 10 times? Maybe less. So we are still learning each other :)

    I will try to get some updated pictures and maybe even a video :-D It is hard when no one accompanies me :-/ perhaps a bribe? Lol.

    Thanks again everyone.
        02-10-2014, 10:13 AM
    It just occurred to me after thinking about it for a bit, and I was probably more tense than usual on this ride because it was one of my first (maybe 3rd) rides after coming back from a fall back at the end of November. I didn't come off of her...it was another horse. It was a really windy day and He spooked and jumped to one side and I went off the other. I busted my tailbone up pretty good and had a concussion. I ended up only being out of the saddle for only 3 weeks (thought it was going to be much, much longer) but then with the ridiculous weather we have had and no indoor arena I ended up not riding for probably 6 weeks.

    So, I am still working on getting my confidence (I was just starting to be brave!) back after that one :) I am better in my lessons because I trust my trainer with my life, although I am tense there too...just less tense than you see in these pictures.

    Wow, I have a lot to say today...LOL.

    But, like I said...this is not my horse so lets try not to focus so much on her and her fast canters (lol) and more on me and my big butt in a small saddle (haha!!) with super short stirrups.
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        02-10-2014, 11:07 AM
    WTG I'm coming back from a fall as well, and was less than brave to start with. My trainer keeps having to remind me to breathe, lots of trotting, and breathing, deep breathing from the diaphragm, then relaxing, then breathe, then ride....I struggle to do all of that, but I'm getting there.
        02-10-2014, 01:58 PM
    I agree with what everyone has said; the stirrups are the thing that stick out the most to me. Lower them a hole or two, and that should help to improve your seat.
        02-10-2014, 04:04 PM
    Thanks for looking, Zexious!
        02-10-2014, 04:06 PM
    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    WTG I'm coming back from a fall as well, and was less than brave to start with. My trainer keeps having to remind me to breathe, lots of trotting, and breathing, deep breathing from the diaphragm, then relaxing, then breathe, then ride....I struggle to do all of that, but I'm getting there.
    Its tough sometimes, isn't it? Relax. Breathe. In. And Out. Good luck to you! We CAN DO IT!
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