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post #1 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 12:19 PM
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Not miniscule to me. I haven't gotten over a trot in many, many years.

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post #3 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 01:22 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 02:21 PM
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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.


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post #5 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 02:27 PM
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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! (:

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post #6 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 02:27 PM
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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!
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post #7 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #8 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 02:44 PM
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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.
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post #9 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-11-2011, 02:52 PM
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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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