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post #1 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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how long before cantering?

hi - this is my first post here as ive only recently taken up horse riding. I love it so far. Ive gone for 3 lessons and im cantering already. At first I was a bit wobbly cantering but yesterday I got it right. It felt great :) Just wondering how long ye were riding before cantering? Is it normal to move on so quickly or is my trainer just pushing me too much?!
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 11:47 AM
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To tell you the truth i think you start cantering when you and the horse feel ready. It took me 3 weeks before i stated cantering. I wasn't very good at first but after a few times of doing it i cought the rhythm and stuck with it.

Each horse has their own rhythm. some have a smooth canter, some bumpy. when you get better at riding you will know how to ride with each rhythm.... :)

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post #3 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 11:53 AM
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It depends. I suppose a new person could be cantering that quickly on a well trained horse that was doing as it was told regardless of what the rider was doing. Many lesson horses listen to the ground person/trainer.
I wouldn't have a new student cantering until they had the W/T down, along with seat, rein & leg aids & a rock solid seat. Heck, when I start someone they start walking bareback on a lunge line with no reins.
Every trainer is different though. Maybe you're a quick study?
Do you feel you were pushed too fast?
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 11:59 AM
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Like mentioned above its really personal preference, if you feel ok with it then why not? You gotta learn sometime. Personally i cantered about 30 minutes into my very first ride, i was a bit of a dare devil. Everyone is different and progresses at different paces. Its great that your enjoying yourself so far =]
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post #5 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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at first i was nervous doing it as i didnt feel secure but then the second time i did it it felt better because i was able to move with the horse. my trainer said she wants to introduce me a small bit to cantering at first so its not such a big thing later on. I enjoyed it and I was a bit surprised she asked me to canter on my second lesson - but I guess its better to start gradually right?
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post #6 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 12:16 PM
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Just do whatever your comfortable with, if you don't feel safe and secure about it then simply tell your trainer that you don't feel like doing it. Im sure they will understand and if they don't its time to get a new trainer ;]
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 12:44 PM
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I had been riding for 3 years and hadn't cantered. I left that trainer, and the new one had assumed that anyone who had been riding for 3 years would know how to canter, so in my first lesson with her she told us to canter, and I got to canter! ( thanks to the horse infront of me cantering & my horse mindlessly following along lol )
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post #8 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 01:20 PM
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when i give a lesson i take it slow but i work with a lot of kids. i wait till they are begen me to canter. i also make sure they know how to stop very well. when you get scared your brain will forget things sometimes.
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 06:51 PM
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I can't remember when I started cantering, but I can tell you what I do with students.
If I'm starting with a raw beginner, particularly a child, they absolutely MUST have impeccable balance at halt, walk and trot before they canter. I work with them in 2 -point, no stirrups, standing vertical in the stirrups, no reins, etc.
They must have very good control when riding around the arena on their own, in walk and trot and have an established 'stop, go, turn' button. They must have found their centre of gravity, so their legs aren't swinging wildly around, and they must not still be relying on holding onto the saddle for balance.

I start them on the lunge in canter, just for a few strides at a time and gradually increase the time as the student becomes more confident and balanced.

I am a firm believer in not allowing a person to canter until they have excellent balance in the saddle.
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-28-2011, 07:23 PM
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I took a while to start. Maybe about 4 months into riding I started cantering. I was riding with a trainer who let someone jump a crossrail (low ones) after 4 years of riding. Eventually I switched and I started cantering.

It all depends on how well you feel about cantering and your riding ability. It also depends on the horse and your instructor...It's a personal thing.
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