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post #1 of 22 Old 01-02-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so ever since I last time fell of my horse ,Shaggy, at the canter(its wasnt his fault or mine. He just has a very bouncy canter) my confinence has been very shaky and I as much as i want to Canter again I'm afraid I'm gonna come off again and walk away with a worse injury that a bruised bum. So any advice for working myself back up to a canter?
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-02-2011, 07:01 PM
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I'm personally a cantering addict, so I can't really help you other to say that when you're ready to give it a go, you'll know it. It's kinda like Brett Favre trying to stay away from playing football. Eventually, you just wanna do it.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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lol I want to do it but im scared to death of coming off again because the ring is to small to turn good and hes got a short back which makes him really really bouncy lol i've been waiting for my trainer to work with him before i try again
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You could take the bouncing part out of the equation by using a light seat or half seat. It kinda goes against what most people will say about sitting a bouncy canter which is sit deep tall and with open hips. When I get lazy, I just get up out of the saddle a bit and eliminate the bounce part. Makes for some wicked strong legs after awhile too.

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If bouncing is what you're scared of then work a lot on your sitting trot. Once you've got the sitting trot down, the canter will feel very smooth ;)

I can sympathize with this, I fell off at the canter once for no reason at all other than my saddle wasn't tight enough (oops) and landed on a set of bleachers. I was a little nervous about the canter for a while, too, so I worked a lot on trotting and did the canter in small, easy spurts. Then the canter became a relief eventually to get out of the hard work at the trot! I guess I tricked myself into it...

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Can you canter other horses? Maybe try and organise to ride a lesson horse or a quiet friend's horse to have a canter on to get your confidence up in the gait to start with.
It may also help you if a friend or instructor can get on and canter your horse a few times so you can see nothing is going to happen. Have your instructor put your horse on the lunge, and lunge you in canter so that they have some control over the horse - then you can concentrate on your own riding and confidence rather than having to steer as well.
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You could take the bouncing part out of the equation by using a light seat or half seat. It kinda goes against what most people will say about sitting a bouncy canter which is sit deep tall and with open hips. When I get lazy, I just get up out of the saddle a bit and eliminate the bounce part. Makes for some wicked strong legs after awhile too.
you mean like 2-pointing?

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Can you canter other horses? Maybe try and organise to ride a lesson horse or a quiet friend's horse to have a canter on to get your confidence up in the gait to start with.
It may also help you if a friend or instructor can get on and canter your horse a few times so you can see nothing is going to happen. Have your instructor put your horse on the lunge, and lunge you in canter so that they have some control over the horse - then you can concentrate on your own riding and confidence rather than having to steer as well.
I wish I could canter another horse but the only other 2 rideable horses at the barn are a horse like ,Shaggy, named Teddy and hes got the same problem as Shaggy and the other horse a mare named Windy is a saddle seat horse and noraodic(dont know if thats spelled right lol) so no way would i canter her. The horse i learned on is a cancer riden older horse named Pozi hes retired now no rides him any more

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If bouncing is what you're scared of then work a lot on your sitting trot. Once you've got the sitting trot down, the canter will feel very smooth ;)

I can sympathize with this, I fell off at the canter once for no reason at all other than my saddle wasn't tight enough (oops) and landed on a set of bleachers. I was a little nervous about the canter for a while, too, so I worked a lot on trotting and did the canter in small, easy spurts. Then the canter became a relief eventually to get out of the hard work at the trot! I guess I tricked myself into it...
I can ride at the sitting trot pretty well since my horse does both western and english so one i might riding english and posting next day im riding western and sitting the trot lol but I like your idea of easy little spurts until im comfortable and Im gonna have my trainer or her daughter canter him one day and see how he does

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Yes, 2 point is what she means...and I will second that is a good way to practice the canter without worrying about the bounce part!

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