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    11-02-2011, 12:35 PM
Jumping and cantering with silver

Hey everyone!
I just moved with my family to indonesia, and finally after a 4 years break (they didn't have any stables close to my old house) , I started horse riding again! Six years ago I did horse riding for two years ( then I had to move again) but there no one ever taught me properly: they just sat me on the horse and told me how to stop, turn and that I had to stand and sit during the trot, so I kind of improvised with the feet position, sit wise etc.

So at the moment I am trying to learn how to do it properly. I changed a few horses in the past few months, but finally 3 weeks ago I found my 'soul mate' ;)
Her name is silver and she is really strong and powerful. The first day I rode her she just started galloping like crazy and she really didn't want to stop... it was my first time galloping but I felt sooo good on her.. I mean I didn't fell or anything and I could balance myself pretty well.. I was also enjoying myself so I think I was kind of encouraging her to not stop (my teacher wasn't happy to hear that afterwards.. he was pretty scared actually ) so we kind of got this connection between us I guess..

We both like to run but the problem is that I want her to run when I decide not just her bolting and scaring the crap out of everyone :) so the first question is what should I do to be the one that decides? It happened to me today as well, we were cantering and she just started running faster and faster... I tried to make her to circles but a soon as I pulled her she would just sprint more...

Moreover, I am pretty sure I canter wrong.. with other horses I can just sit back and follow the horse movements.. with her though I i tend to follow her in a kind of jumping position ( i've no idea how you would call it. Im not leaning forward but I am getting up with my butt) ... and it is not that I am less balanced (actually it is better if I just do that rather than just trying to sit) I just can't sit steady on the saddle... any advices?

Wow can't believe that someone just read all this (probably you just skipped to the end eh? )
Thank you for your time and your replies in advance :)
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    11-02-2011, 12:59 PM
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WELCOME to the forum!!

Where in Indonesia are you? I have spent time there and will be there from 12/10/2011-01/08/2012. I will be in Bali for a short time then over to Ambon and West Papua. Indonesia is huge, so I doubt I will be anywhere near you, but....you never know!

I would love to see photos of your area, horses, horse facilities. Anything Indonesian horse related. Check out the thread about the Transylvanian cowboy.

Transylvanian Cowboy

Anyway, can you post any videos or photos of your cantering position?
    11-02-2011, 01:18 PM
Thank you :) I live in jakarta.. :) I go to jpec in sentul city.. it is a very nice place to horse ride (even if it' s bloody hot here) :) I am uploading the video now on youtube.. i'll link it here as soon as it is up.. thank you so much :)
    11-02-2011, 02:24 PM
    11-02-2011, 03:03 PM
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I have spent very little time on Java, but really loved what I saw of it.

Terima kasih (Matur sembah nuwun) for posting the videos.

Try to keep the stirrup on the balls of your feet. The second video shows how your stirrup is sliding back on your foot. This makes it very hard to get your heel down, where it should be.

Once you become comfortable learning the different canter leads and how to switch them around, you will have to be a bit more careful on which direction to circle. You often circle on the incorrect lead which makes it difficult for the horse to stay balanced. Silver, however, handles it very well.

My biggest correction I will offer is LOOK at the jump as you are getting ready to approach it. You are circling and then blindly turn to the jump (hoping it will be right). As a result, you often miss the approach and have to abort the approach.

As you circle, keep turning to look at the jump to see where it is in relation to your position. Plan every step you make as you start your approach.

I must say you are doing pretty well. I love Silver! I don't know how you do all of that in the sweltering heat/humidity in Indonesia, but my hat is off to you.
    11-02-2011, 07:45 PM
Can I just say that silver is GORGEOUS??
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    11-02-2011, 10:01 PM
diagnol diagnol diagnol diagnol

Sorry, my pet peeve. XD
    11-02-2011, 11:38 PM
Sama sama!

Kepping my feet in place is one of my main goals I am working on now.. I can keep them in the right position for a while.. But then as soon as I start going faster or I am getting ready to jump my feet automatically slide in the wrong position... I don't I think it makes me feel more safe (probably because I used to lose the stirrups quite often) and balanced... I am working on it though ;)

I see what you are saying about jumping.. She was sooo stubborn! She really didnt want to jump when we came from that side... On saturday ill try to look at the jump more :) thank you

What about the canter? How should I improve?

Sorry to bother you :)
    11-02-2011, 11:42 PM
Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
diagnol diagnol diagnol diagnol

Sorry, my pet peeve. XD
Ahah you are perfectly right! No one ever taught how to recognise when you are on the wrong diagonal (or whatever is called) so I just do it.. And then my trainer tells me sit wise and I just do it... I've been reading quite a lot on the internet about it.. hopefully I can improve soon.. Any advices?
Thank you
    11-02-2011, 11:44 PM
Originally Posted by ChristophersCanter    
can I just say that silver is GORGEOUS??
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I love her! She is amazing! She is very strongg and powerful and, lets say it, those colors suit her so well ahahhaha

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