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        10-11-2011, 12:58 PM
    I hit a huge milestone yesterday!

    This may sound minuscule to most, but I achieved a huge milestone in my riding yesterday- I CANTERED!!

    It's been 2 years since i've cantered after a few bad experiences. The last one resulting in me being thrown and seeing a chiropractor. I tried on a lunge line about a year ago and ended up hanging off the mare's neck, laughing hysterically. I'm just been too scared.

    My fiance came out to capture some shots of Aidan and I and refused to take more pictures until after I tried cantering. He pushed me and as nervous as I was, I knew Aidan has a nice smooth canter.

    Here's our ride!

    I think that was the push I needed to at least get a few strides in every ride.
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        10-11-2011, 01:19 PM

    Not miniscule to me. I haven't gotten over a trot in many, many years.
        10-11-2011, 02:22 PM
    I can relate to that. I came off my friend's horse, at the canter, a year ago and really banged up my pelvis (still hurts sometimes). It took me months before I was willing to canter that horse again, and I am still anxious about cantering anyone but Mac. (whose canter is a dream!)

    It's odd that we get so worried about the canter, when it's usually easier to ride than the trot. But it sure can be intimidating.
        10-11-2011, 03:21 PM
    Great achievement, I also need to get to this milestone :) now you just need to keep practising, when ever and where ever you can. Good Luck.
        10-11-2011, 03:27 PM
    It isn't a minuscule, it's a great thing to accomplish - especially after having bad experiences. Good luck with the rest of your riding! (:
        10-11-2011, 03:27 PM
    AWESOME! I came off a canter 10+ years ago, and I still haven't worked up the courage to try it again. I have a 16 year old ex-racer turned broodmare turned pasture pet that I'm reconditioning (or will be, come Friday) and I should be ready for a canter by the time she's fit and able.

    Thumbs up to you!
        10-11-2011, 03:37 PM
    Aww yay! I'm so glad others see the achievement I felt! My lesson is getting rained out tomorrow but I'm planning to get back on Thursday and repeat.
        10-11-2011, 03:44 PM
    CONGRATULATIONS, have a pair of cantering is a HUGE deal, I'm still struggling with it. I am going to have to get brave like you and just do it though.
        10-11-2011, 03:52 PM
    Why thank you! And it sure is hard. I've wanted to canter for the whole two years but always tensed up and chickened out.
        10-11-2011, 03:52 PM
    You are doing better than I am! I've been terrified to try to canter Dancer. It almost makes me glad that when I think I'm asking for a canter, she just breaks into a really wierd gait. It's really easy to ride, and not nearly as scary as a canter!

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