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  • How to get unafraid of cantering
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    01-28-2011, 07:06 PM
Green Broke
I cantered on about my 5th or 6th lesson? A really awful instructor parked one of her horses at one end of the arena, then put me on a very herd bound horse at the other end and smacked him on the butt. Well, I cantered alright, my horse literally crashed into the other....I was stupid enough to stick around, so she then put me on another horse, told me to hang on, smacked it on the butt, it took off at a nice fast canter, the saddle slipped (she'd saddled it!) and I ended up on the horses side. I was smart enough to call it quits after that!

Found a real trainer and she had me canter on the lunge line on my 3rd lesson with her I think? Only for a minute or so, she just wanted me to get over my fear of it thanks to the few wild rides I'd been on!

My lil kiddo was cantering on her 4th lesson or so. The kid has incredible balance and absolutely no fear. She was riding a 16hh warmblood with absolutely no issues at a posting and a sitting trot and in 2 point so my trainer put her on a lil pony and she was able to canter without a problem.
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    01-28-2011, 08:31 PM
Gosh, I waited three years before I got to canter. (But I was taking once a week, 1 hour lessons in the summer, about 15 lessons per year) It was pretty difficult for me, with the limited riding time I got and the rough gaited mare I was riding.

I technically haven't gotten a solid canter yet with the "beautiful" postion that many riders can (and I envy those who can do it without holding on). I'm hoping I'll be able to finally truly canter horse this summer (that is my main goal this year). My trot has improved tremendously this past summer, so I'm sure its not far off.

Kudos to you for being able to do something like that!
    01-29-2011, 04:22 AM
About 5-7 weeks probably before I started cantering, and that was on a lunge line! But yes, its all about how confident you feel and how quickly you learn.
    01-29-2011, 05:35 PM
-- The first time I started riding in college, I think it was 6 months (2x lessons a week) after we first started riding. Honestly, we could have very easily started about 2-3 months after we started, but we were in the Walk-Trot IHSA class, and my trainer wanted to make sure we had VERY solid seats before he started us cantering.

-- Currently, it took me about 5-6 weeks (10 lessons) to go from not having been in a saddle for 10 years to cantering. Even then, that was with my trainer pushing me a little. I'm not afraid of cantering per se, but I'd like my balance to be better. (My trainer would probably add here that I'm crazy and my balance is fine. )

I think it all depends on the student/trainer and the horses involved. I don't think I'd personally ever do that, but so long as she doesn't have you jumping 3' oxers during the next class, I don't see it being a problem with it. So long as *you* are comfortable with it, I think that's all that matters. If you feel balanced, if you can control your horse and trust him/her, I think you'll be fine.
    01-29-2011, 05:51 PM
I cantered in my second or third lesson.
    02-01-2011, 02:51 AM
I just loped my new horse for the first time! I lope pretty well on slow wp types, but this guy has a big motor! He is also pretty unbalanced. My ridding teacher had us on a lunge line. I kept losing the stirrups, and could not for the life of me keep my seat still. But, it's only the first time. (On him, anyway.) Now she says, since I have the trot down alright, I need to lope, and lope, and lope, and... Gaaaah! Help! :p
I probably loped on my second lesson. (On another, slower horse.)

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