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  • Canter "first time"
  • When a horse desides to start to canter

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    01-11-2012, 10:20 PM
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Yearling
Got to canter for the first time!

WHEE!! I've been working on the sitting trot with Huey for what feels like years, getting ready to canter him. He has a HUGE movement, so sitting the trot is an adventure of itself.

Thanks to the winter lesson program we moved my lessons to a different barn (and a lesson horse with smaller movement). Sitting the trot on that guy was a BREEZE! Easier than posting, really.

He's got the lazy lesson horse thing going, and decided that a lope-like canter would be easier than the collected trot I wanted him to do, so he kept attempting to break into the canter instead of collecting the trot. Eventually, we decided to just go for it with the canter itself, I learnt the cue, asked him, and we were off! Trainer said it was a much slower canter than I should expect from my boy once he's back in trim come the spring, but still! It was a proper canter, and it was easy as pie! Both ways - going up, and coming back down, smooth as glass! Yay!
     
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    01-11-2012, 10:35 PM
  #2
Showing
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! *big hug*

You did it!!! :)
     
    01-12-2012, 06:26 PM
  #3
Foal
Aw awesome! You must be beaming! CONGRATS!
     
    01-12-2012, 11:14 PM
  #4
Super Moderator
Every horse is different. But the first canter on any horse can feel daunting. Mac, my lease horse, has the sweetest, easiest canter. He has made me a canter fiend. But Zulu, the Irish draft I sometimes ride, has a huge freight train canter, which I am just learning to not be scared to ride.
Anyhow, congrats.
     
    01-12-2012, 11:18 PM
  #5
Showing
You must eventually get us pictures or video!!! Woohoo!

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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Every horse is different. But the first canter on any horse can feel daunting. Mac, my lease horse, has the sweetest, easiest canter. He has made me a canter fiend. But Zulu, the Irish draft I sometimes ride, has a huge freight train canter, which I am just learning to not be scared to ride.
Anyhow, congrats.
Oh I feel ya, tinyliny.. :P gotta love that runaway train feeling.
     
    01-12-2012, 11:31 PM
  #6
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Yesterday I was riding Z in the woods with my riding buddy on Mac, bareback. We started a trot down a longish straight section (heading homeward, no less) and Z offered a canter. Well, ok, I 'll take that, then it was a handgallop, then it was him running right through my reins when I tried to say "Stop, the powerline road is coming up and I will not have him all out galloping down that". Man, I had to really sit back and haul on him to get him back to me. I got work to do with him on having him stop when I say so!
     
    01-12-2012, 11:44 PM
  #7
Showing
Sheesh! Naughty bucket.. I'm glad you got it under control before you got hurt!
     
    01-13-2012, 12:23 AM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
yesterday I was riding Z in the woods with my riding buddy on Mac, bareback. We started a trot down a longish straight section (heading homeward, no less) and Z offered a canter. Well, ok, I 'll take that, then it was a handgallop, then it was him running right through my reins when I tried to say "Stop, the powerline road is coming up and I will not have him all out galloping down that". Man, I had to really sit back and haul on him to get him back to me. I got work to do with him on having him stop when I say so!
Mr. Huey will listen to my seat and hands when the time comes, I'm sure. It's the next few months, dealing with him being entirely ticked off that I'm ****ting around with Another Horse that causes me concern! Galloping? He is TOTALLY not allowed to do. New England is tiny. Not enough room for that kind of thing here...
     
    01-13-2012, 12:37 AM
  #9
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What is he, like 22 hands or somehting?
     
    01-13-2012, 12:58 AM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
What is he, like 22 hands or somehting?
Huey? If you measure him while he's standing still, only 16.2 hh. If you measure him when he's moving, at least 22 hh. My boy is a retired Grand Prix show jumper. What's a "working" trot or canter to a horse that is accustomed to jumps that are 6-feet high?

...And New England is surprisingly tiny. The whole state of Massachusetts is the size of the Houston metro area. He could probably jump the entire state in a single bound, if he wanted to...
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