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post #1 of 35 Old 04-16-2017, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Trott and canter critique

My first ever canter today, and got it on tape! Id love some critique from you all on how to improve both my trott and my canter (although Im guessing there, I just need to do it more) And yes, I do know the sadel is just way to small for me, Im going to switch i out in a few days time! ^^

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post #2 of 35 Old 04-16-2017, 12:40 PM
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I'm assuming when your instructor doubles over it's due to laughter

It s very cute. I feel it is not fair to critique the first canter like that. You are just in basic survival mode and don't have enough control over what you are doing yet to say that something is wrong. Wait until you've had more lessons, then ask.

However, at sometime in the future, you will treasure that video and get some big chuckles, as you canter perfectly around.
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post #3 of 35 Old 04-16-2017, 12:52 PM
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Literally, it's a time thing the more you do it the better it will become and the less messy and uncoordinated. The only thing I can say is that horse looks very unbalanced and very very speedy
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I agree with tinyline that you should wait until you have cantered some more times before asking for critique, but I will say you looked pretty awesome for a first time!! I also like that you're starting in two-point, I remember I bounced all over the place the first time I cantered (and then fell off because noone told me to tighten the cinch before getting on lol), I'm guessing two-point is a lot easier to balance

The horse is really cute too <3
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tinyliny: Yes, he is, and Im still over her neck when she stops to just hug her, lol
Im sure I will! I just always want to see every mistake I make, so that I for the next time, can keep it in mind, lol, its how I work XD

Rainaisabelle: Yes she is, shes a X-racehorse (Trott with a sulky behind her kinda race) and this was acctually her first canter with person on her as well <3

Luce73: Thank you <3 If you can explain, but what is 2-point? I was Ehheeem, trying to ride "normally" xD
Thank you, shes an absolute doll <3
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You did great! Very nice trot work. That was a great first canter, a heck of a lot better than my first canter! Which I don't remember when the first time I cantered was, I think it was when I was a kid and may have been when a horse spooked and bolted with me.

That horse was more galloping than cantering. Canters are very controlled, nice, easy, and pleasant to sit. IMO, you CAN'T sit a gallop, if you do it's very rough. You really do have to two point. Until the horse gives a nice transition, it's best to two-point.

Two point is basically what you did, where you keep yourself up over the saddle, rather than sitting in it and riding the gait.
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You poor thing! I say that because you're very brave, and learning to canter on a horse who has never cantered with a rider is so risky!
I thought you were going to fall off on the first time around.
Neither of you have balance yet, but you have a lot more balance than many riders to stay on during all that. That was a mad scramble into a fast and rushing canter. If you can ride that, you'll find a regular canter very simple and easy to ride.

Is there any other well seasoned horse you could take some practice rides on to get the feel before trying it on such a green one?
Yes, you were doing two point and I am positive that is the only safe way to canter on this horse until she has been cantered on quite a few more times.
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I think you did pretty good, hey, you stayed on & didn't quit.
That may not the the best horse to start cantering on especially as she really doesn't do it well herself.
You rocked riding that lean angle.
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horseluvr2524: Thank you <3

gottatrot: Yes, it is a bit risky, but we are learning and evolving togheter <3 She is my horse since last december, so we are slowlly getting better! Both of us! And yes, I was real **** close to falling of there, but when I squeezed her neck for the life me, she slowed down, haha <3 Shes a sweetheart at heart!

Sadlly no other horse I can ride to train on at the moment, its only me and her :)

natisha: thank you <3 It was **** hard! xD
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Lean back a bit and stick your chest out. Stick with it, you are doing good and once you find your balance at the canter, you'll be fine.
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