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post #1 of 11 Old 02-16-2011, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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A great lesson! & some help on the canter?

wweeeee! What a fun lesson I had today!

Some background : I cantered for the first time last Wednesday. We didn't do much- I only went around the ring one or twice the first day (and uh, uh, most of that was just a really funky trot- I think I actually cantered for about 3 strides).

Today we did a bit more, and wow what a blast! I love my barn- its so laid back and the girls I do my group lessons with are adorable (11 years younger than me-I'm getting old!) and my lesson horse... I'm in love, even if her favorite speed is stop. Cantering was so much fun! I have plenty of work to do, but that is what the lessons are for.

And a quick parting question: I have the biggest issue with remembering to keep my weight in my feet and stirrups when cantering, and so my feet end up coming out of or going all over the place in the stirrups- any tips on how to remember to keep my feet and legs where they are supposed to be?
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-16-2011, 10:45 PM
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Congrats on the canter! :)

Maybe if you stand up a moment in your stirrups it will help you remember to keep your weight in your heels. Be sure to sit up tall don't grip with any part of your leg unevenly.

Good luck!

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Yeah, I actually did that today! I couldn't get my 2 point just right, so my instructor had me stand up, to remember to put my weight in my feet- I got so caught up in getting that right that I went a lap more than I had to in 2 point haha.

I had no idea that that I would be cantering, she had the girls canter like normal, and then she called out to me if I wanted to try... and I gave it a shot. It was a little frightening, and very exciting at the same time- though today, it was mostly just exciting- I actually pulled myself together and got one good lap of a nice canter in. I was actually moving with the horse, butt stayed in the saddle, my feet where they were supposed to be and it felt great!
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I don't have advice now, and besides, what you really need is just time and practice. I just want to say how much I enjoyed reading your post because it was so purely happy, no complaints no whining. You will go far.
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aww, thank you! I took up riding a) because I've wanted to for years and b) because it gets me away from the stress of my job- the riding ring is my stress-free drama-free no whining be happy zone! Even though I've had some horse exposure, its the first time I've ever really learned to ride- and nothing comes instantly. I felt like I could take on the world going around that ring! I'm pretty sure I was smiling like a maniac- my instructor was smiling and laughing at me a bit as I slowed Heart down.
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I think the thing that I liked about your post was that it reminded me of how I felt, 11 years ago, when I started half leasing a horse and came home after my first ride so incredibly happy that the rest of the world could please cease to exhist until I got back to my next ride! And I continued to be regularly overcome with joy and perplexed as to how I got so lucky. I would be riding through the woods, on the back of this wonderful gray arab mare and the smells, the sounds, the light and shadows in the forest andthe rythmic movement . . . . I was enthralled. And the weekly progress was so amazingly fast at first that it really built my self confidence.

As I have been riding more and more , I sometimes forget to remember to be grateful for what I have. I get to thinking; I don't own my own horse, poor me! Then some of the wonder goes out of it because I am focussing on the LACK rather than the ABUNDANCE. That is why your post reminded me of how much joy I had in the beginning and how I still have just as many wonderful opportunities to be grateful.
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I think the thing that I liked about your post was that it reminded me of how I felt, 11 years ago, when I started half leasing a horse and came home after my first ride so incredibly happy that the rest of the world could please cease to exhist until I got back to my next ride! And I continued to be regularly overcome with joy and perplexed as to how I got so lucky. I would be riding through the woods, on the back of this wonderful gray arab mare and the smells, the sounds, the light and shadows in the forest andthe rythmic movement . . . . I was enthralled. And the weekly progress was so amazingly fast at first that it really built my self confidence.
THIS. YES. I wish I could bottle time, so I will always have that feeling of amazement- but, its just like you said, if the focus is kept on the positive and don't get bogged down in what isn't perfect then you pretty much get that feeling forever.
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I think the thing that I liked about your post was that it reminded me of how I felt, 11 years ago, when I started half leasing a horse and came home after my first ride so incredibly happy that the rest of the world could please cease to exhist until I got back to my next ride! And I continued to be regularly overcome with joy and perplexed as to how I got so lucky. I would be riding through the woods, on the back of this wonderful gray arab mare and the smells, the sounds, the light and shadows in the forest andthe rythmic movement . . . . I was enthralled. And the weekly progress was so amazingly fast at first that it really built my self confidence.

As I have been riding more and more , I sometimes forget to remember to be grateful for what I have. I get to thinking; I don't own my own horse, poor me! Then some of the wonder goes out of it because I am focussing on the LACK rather than the ABUNDANCE. That is why your post reminded me of how much joy I had in the beginning and how I still have just as many wonderful opportunities to be grateful.
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THIS. YES. I wish I could bottle time, so I will always have that feeling of amazement- but, its just like you said, if the focus is kept on the positive and don't get bogged down in what isn't perfect then you pretty much get that feeling forever.
Hehe, I still get that feeling, but now it is more in the direction of competition. The best feeling in the world is when you are in complete harmony with your horse and together you are one being. Then, you crush the competition but you aren't even worried about that.. you're just so enthralled by your horse's performance & knowing he gave everything to YOU.

No doubt riding is my PASSION, I honestly don't feel like it is enough to call it a hobby!

Woah there, a bit off topic & rant-ish, but I don't feel bad about posting it!

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Hehe, I still get that feeling, but now it is more in the direction of competition. The best feeling in the world is when you are in complete harmony with your horse and together you are one being. Then, you crush the competition but you aren't even worried about that.. you're just so enthralled by your horse's performance & knowing he gave everything to YOU.
I'm not very competitive by nature (I'm too lazy- I rarely feel that drive to prove myself best) but I do understand what you are saying! It would be pretty awesome to just cruise through a show and trust yourself and the horse to work so well together.
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