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post #1 of 15 Old 07-02-2013, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation The Most Forward Canter- Help!

Alrighty I feel like I am such a beginner again when I am on this horse.

She is forward.

I thought Sky was forward, and he is..

But she is FORWARD.

Now my question is how do I keep myself from pulling back when I ask for the canter?

She'll have a lovely forward trot and then I sit to ask for the canter and I start pulling back even with my leg urging her forward, basically confusing her..

I do admit I feel a little intimidated when she is cantering because it is forward and has shorter strides than my horse and while that's usually not a problem I don't feel in control of her at all. I am sure it is because I am pinching with my knees so my seat and leg aids to make a downward transition are blurred..

But I am SO focused on resolving these issues of mine

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-02-2013, 01:39 AM
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Well, speaking fron experience here with squiggy, when I ask for the canter, I like to half halt to bring her under herself and rating down, then I take up a firm contact and ask for the canter. And then just go with it, even if you have to two get into a half seat a bit to get yourself set. The horse might be going a bot faster than you want, but when you sit back down, the horse should feel it and also slow down

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As this horse has a shorter stride, she will naturally feel faster, as she has smaller, faster strides.
Make sure you don't pinch with your knees as this encourages the horse to go faster.
The advise given by QHriderKE is very good, and that is something I do myself one Candy, as she has an extremely tiny, fast stride and tends to become unbalanced in the canter.
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Try asking for the canter from a slower trot, and only going into a corner, then just ask for a nice circle until she slows a bit. Be careful not to be "thinking" about how fast she is going, but relax and breathe, sit BACK, so you are not urging her on.

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Do you mean forward as in fast, or forward as in off-balance with the weight far forward?

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Yes Candycane I did notice I was pinching with my knees. I was apprehensive to sit still because she'd fall out of canter despite my leg being on. So apparently instinctually my knees clamped on.

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Do you mean forward as in fast, or forward as in off-balance with the weight far forward?
It's not fast, it's powerful. I honestly feel I am being launched into space when she canters.

Forward as in like a jet engine.

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Thanks all for the advice. I'll try the halthalt from a slow trot. That's what I was trying to do but since my knees were like vice grips, it didn't help.

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It was tough to get it down on Squiggy, even western, but going into the half seat to encourage her to use her back instead of just launch herself into a run right away helped a ton.

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You have to relax, relax your seat, lean back, don't brace on the reins, don't give her anything to pull against, circles, and half halt but mostly with your other aids, barely any rein.
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You have to relax, relax your seat, lean back, don't brace on the reins, don't give her anything to pull against, circles, and half halt but mostly with your other aids, barely any rein.
Yeah the relaxing is apparently the root of all of my problems, haha

I will try my best to think Zen the next ride, and will let you know.

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If she is falling out of the canter when you sit still, then she isn't as forward as you think. It might just be the size of the horse means that she has to canter as a certain speed in order to stay balanced. I agree that starting her from a slower trot or a walk may help with this, but you learning to stay with the big motion will be your big challenge for the next lessons. Let me know how you do it , then help me to copy!
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