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post #1 of 4 Old 08-10-2013, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cantering problems

I use to jump on a different horse in a show and the horse flipped on top of me then two years ago i started to ride with a friend and i have to work myself up on to a horse, like if i can clean the back hooves i will get on the horse and walk and when i get used to the walk illl go into the trot, well me and my friend was riding and i felt up to the canter and it went well the first time then the second time i did it the saddle slipped and she bucked and i landed on the ground and fractured my hip but i got back on her after i was off crutches, well my horse that i ride i start out at a walk and we trot, but i want to go further with our relationship and go to the full length, i want to canter her, but im terrified that the saddle will slip or she will buck and i fall off like before. i get almost to the canter, and when she speeds up on her trot i start freaking out and then i slow her down. how can i overcome my fear.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-10-2013, 01:35 PM
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First off, why is this horse bucking? Is he green? In pain? Poor saddle fit? With good balance you should not have to rely on the saddle to keep you on the horse. It sounds like you are relying on your stirrups more than your core muscles to keep yourself on. I had a similar situation a few weeks ago, but my horse bucked which loosened the cinch. Your situation was opposite, the saddle slipped and then the horse started bucking. All in all it sounds like you are having saddle issues. I would have that checked out first.

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Well for me the answer was to find the right horse, I had totally lost confidence in cantering, couldn't do it on any of my own horses, I thought I was going to be walk trot for ever. Then I went to an open day at a reining stables, and watched a mare being ridden, then I got offered a ride, and I found myself loping-after about two minutes, I rode her again a couple of weeks later and it was still good.

That was enough to reset my confidence, I felt so brave that I tried my big guy for the first time, made a mess and fell off, but I knew that it was my fault, two weeks later I was trying out this guy, I hadn't seen him ridden first, so this is raw footage of a nervous rider, trying to get a lope out of a strange horse. It's not pretty but I did it, that's when I knew that I should buy him, on the right horse you can do anything.

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Its not the same horse that was bucking that im tryin to canter she is a good quiet horse all she does is spook at stupid things, but i just want to canter her for the first time.
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