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    09-03-2011, 10:00 PM
Getting ready to canter.

I have cantered once in my life on a lesson pony and im keen to try on my pony. Is there anything I could do to help my balance etc before trying.
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    09-03-2011, 10:12 PM

If you are still learning to canter, and you want to practice on your horse, I think that's great, although, be sure that your pony is well under control and suited for a green rider to learn cantering. Green riders and green horses never go well together. If you are still learning to keep your balance you want a to learn on a horse that has done this often and won't spook or charge forward or take control if you loose your seating. If your pony knows how, then you could canter him on a longe line with another more experienced person controling the horse from the ground so that you can just focus on your seat. Also, don't try cantering by yourself! Make sure that you are wearing a helmet and that someone else is watching, in case something goes wrong.

Tips for balance? #1 Don't forget to breathe! Sometimes we get so caught up in the moment that we don't breathe and then we tense up and it makes everything else worse. Your horse will feel it as well and know that you are nervous and unsure. Just relax, breathe and feel the horse move under you. You'll get the hang of it! Good luck!
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    09-03-2011, 11:31 PM
Thankyou, and I never ride without my body protector and helmet. :-DHe should be fine with me, I tryed jumping last month and had no clue what I was doing. He took us over it well. :-D
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    09-03-2011, 11:44 PM
I'm sure you remember from your one canter that the movement is kind of a rocking motion. So when you're trotting, before you try, really making sure you can relax your hips. Relaxing your hips will help you sit the canter, so you won't bounce. Sounds like your pony is very reliable, which is great. You want to have a good first real experience cantering. Other than that, I agree with Val, make sure you breathe and have fun. Cantering is awesome!!
    09-04-2011, 01:44 AM
I remember my first canter- I was so scared to try it! I was on a dead broke horse so everything wen't well. It was a lot of fun! I was just cantering bareback on my gelding today! You will eventually canter like its nothing. Just make sure to relax when you canter, don't stiffen up! Have fun!
    09-04-2011, 02:14 AM
Originally Posted by Jessskater    
I was just cantering bareback on my gelding today! You will eventually canter like its nothing. Just make sure to relax when you canter, don't stiffen up! Have fun!
So jealous... :P I'm scared stiff to canter!

Soft hips will help, and don't squeeze with your thighs/knees or else you'll get rather bouncy!
    09-04-2011, 02:53 AM
Thankyou for your advice. :)

Skyseternalangel, I am also scared of it, why I have only done it once. I can just see myself falling! :P

It's bad quality and you can't see much but here is the video :)
    09-04-2011, 10:53 AM
Well you look awesome!! Your pony has a cute little canter haha

I'm a complete mess when I even think about cantering.. need to find a good trainer that'll help me get through that because I've had dreams of cantering Sky but I can never feel it in my dream, that piece of the puzzle is missing :P
    09-04-2011, 06:16 PM
You looked really good. I also commented on it :P
    09-04-2011, 11:18 PM
Dont be afraid! I learned to canter and was the only one in my group during it. Here's what I did and recommend:
Have a trainer or expierianced rider with you and put the horse on a lunge line while ur on the horse. Then have them help you to keep the horse in the canter and you can work on ur seat etc :)

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