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post #1 of 7 Old 04-12-2012, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Canter help,please?

Hi,well i've been learning to canter for a few months now and had a really bad mental block on cantering and was scared to do it after a fall when I was learning (it was on my friends horse not at my riding school,horse did a sharp turn and I was unbalanced and I fell of and got trod on,ouch) anyway, I just got over my mental block and started to enjoy cantering on the horse I ride at my riding school, the only problem is I just can't seem to relax and then I wobble and get nervous. Has anyone got any tips on helping me to relax so that I can just sit to the canter without being nervous, my instructor says i'm thinking about it too much, but I don't know how I can relax, grrrrr! its annoying me,thanks for your help
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-12-2012, 09:02 AM
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I know this is going to sound silly, but try singing a song to your horse while cantering. I have fear issues, and whenever I get scared, I sing to my horse (badly). It forces me to concentrate on the song, not the fear.
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Thanks,i'll try this, I used to do this to a horse who was nervous and to calm him down I sang to him and it worked so i'll try and I hope it works for me:)
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Singing also makes you breath which is important when trying to relax!!
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Also, make sure to look straight ahead, even up towards the clouds! It will help your balance tremendously and keep you focused on only the movement of the horse, not any irregularities in your seat/balance or your horse's strides. Cantering is fun and is actually one of the easiest gaits to ride once you get the hang of it
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Thanks for everyones help,i'll try these suggestions at my riding lesson on sunday
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Thanks for everyones help,i'll try these suggestions at my riding lesson on sunday
And whatever you do, stick with it! When you get really comfortable with it, you'll love it!
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