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post #1 of 3 Old 08-12-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cantering problems

I posted a few days ago, about cantering problems everytime i get ready to go into the canter with her, i freeze up and back out of it, i keep thinking the other horses i have rode and think of the times ive fell off and such.

on a side note, she has been doing better when i take the dog away and then put the dog back in there like a reward for doing a good job, i think she perfers that over treats.

when you ride do you usually give them reins or keep them kinda tight, i keep them tight because its like if i dont then she might take off. or am i just being over cautious. she is a great horse i just let my past and past horses come between us.
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The rein issue depends on the horse I'm riding. If I have a horse who's nervous/badly behaved or likes a tight rein I keep a tight rein. If I trust the horse and know their little quirks I'll be generous with the reins.

I had this problem when I was fairly new to riding. I got bucked off a few times (as all riders do) and had a problem cantering because I felt like I was on the horse who had done it. My instructor gave me some good advice which was: "Remember the horse you're on NOW."

Good luck, I know you'll be fine! :)
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thanks so much and yes we cantered tonight im so happy
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