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post #21 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 02:52 PM
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I have been trying half seat canter with her allot, she feels very weird at the canter. Its not a gentle rolling motion no matter how sow she goes it feels very unbalanced like she's throwing her feet down. I don't think im used to her canter because I typically ride large horses with a big stride and even my pinto has a balanced long strided slow canter.

Last time I talked to my dressage trainer about it she laughed it off and tried to make me feel better saying something along the lines of "riding green horses is like learning to ride all over again". And how she gets embarrassed riding baby's at her farm. (younger untrained horses)

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Is she green? Maybe she needs a little bit of work on her canter. I'm not the best when it comes to things like that, but maybe you should try encouraging her to extend her canter. Loosen the reins, keep your seat gentle but consistant, and squeeze with your legs. Give a slight half halt if she starts to get speedy. And use your inside leg and inside rein to bend her around corners.

Also, horses typically put more weight on their front legs. It's always a good thing to encourage them to shift their weight evenly on their back legs. What this does is it makes the ride smoother, makes them more steerable, and helps the get their striding. One of the easiest ways to get your horse to do this is to back her up a few steps. When she shifts her weight, it should almost feel like her entire back rises up a little higher. This is also known as her 'giving you her back'. It may help you a lot with her canter.

That's as much as I know on that topic. If you want to know more you could start a new thread asking about it, because I'm sure there are many many MANY much more knowlageable people on this forum.

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post #22 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 04:45 PM
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if you want to put a placement pole down to help your horse know where to take off you should place it 9ft in front of the jump so she can touch her feet down between the pole and the jump. A ground line is nice especially for green horses, this should be placed a few inches in front of the jump. To have a pole rolled out so far is dangerous. You can see in the video that she takes off with one foot on each side of the pole, it is right in her take off spot.

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post #23 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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I was taught an ideal takeoff point is 3ft away from the standard and to put poles 2 1/2ft away from the jump. I guess I can try 9 feet.
Maybe i'll take a video of trying that tomorrow?
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post #24 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 11:03 PM
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I pictured a 3 foot take off spot from a 14 foot spread on a water jump... that would be YIKES! Haha!

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post #25 of 25 Old 07-27-2011, 10:26 PM
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Just throwing my suggestion into the mix...shorten your stirrups a hole or even two when you are jumping. They are kind of long to jump in.
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