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post #11 of 14 Old 02-12-2013, 11:12 AM
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When I feel uncomfortable with a horse, I usually stay in the trot. (This might be a green horse or one not ridden in quite a while.) Once I feel a little bolder, I will ask for only a few strides of canter and then bring the horse back to trot.

I will do this several times to make sure the horse is listening to me before asking for a lot of canter.

Hope this helps.
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I did it!!! Intentionally!!!

So last night for my lesson, my trainer brought out her horse Chief whom I have ridden on trails for our cantering lesson. This helped me relax more, though I was still nervous. We did some riding under bridle at walk and trot and did good. He did break to a canter once, not sure if it was my fault, but he immediately stopped when I tensed up, he felt me bouncing and I asked him to whoa. We worked on trotting a bit more, then went to the lunge line for the canter. It was scary for me, though only psychologically. Both my trainer and Chief were very patient and it was a great experience! I'm excited that I finally INTENTIONALLY CANTERED! I have a long way to go in relaxing and overcoming my fears but I'm looking forward to my journey with the 2 of them and know I can trust them which tremendously helps!

Here is another article I found too that helps riders overcome fears for my peers who are also struggling...
Fear of Riding? From Horse&Rider | Equisearch
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Yay! Congrats!!
That is great news. Thanks for sharing the link too.

I recently started to canter my boy again too! I am lucky to have somebody very experienced with racing and off the track TBs who rode him twice for me to help him work on his canter (being consistent and not strong). I felt the difference today and had a good few laps of cantering in a smaller arena. I am still not 100%, but am working on it. Speed and spooking/bolting is fine if the horse will respond and stop, but right now the not stopping part is what I have been worrying about.
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Originally Posted by LostDragonflyWings View Post
Speed and spooking/bolting is fine if the horse will respond and stop, but right now the not stopping part is what I have been worrying about.
Totally understandable! A good stop is very important! That's what made me so comfortable with Chief...I know he will stop immediately when I say whoa. In fact,I was not prepared as to how good his stop would be when asked and he nearly threw my out of the saddle. My fault, not his lol!
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