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        07-03-2013, 01:23 AM
      #11
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    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!
    Oh no I didn't mean she would do that, just that was what I was convinced would happen if I sat still.

    But yes! Thanks :) All wonderful advice.. I just need to relax and prepare her AND me for it.

    I'm feeling better about already, thanks!
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        07-06-2013, 12:00 AM
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    Foal
    Ask for the canter and as you feel her taking the first canter stride, already start half halting her. And keep it up until she comes back to you then reward her with a release
         
        07-06-2013, 12:22 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I know it probably sounds counter intuitive, but if she's fine in other respects I'd start taking her out, asking for a canter on long, straight perhaps slightly uphill sections with a loose rein. And just riding it. Get used to her strides, get used to slowing, and speeding up. Often a canter can feel too forward in an enclosed area because you're fast approaching the end and have to start preparing for a corner, balancing them etc. Out in a straight line, well that doesn't matter so much. Once you're confident riding her canter, you'll be confident in riding her around corners, in asking for a shorter canter, or a longer one.

    For arena work I'd work on doing lots of transitions and circles. When I ask for a canter I'd ask it coming out of a corner, letting her go down the stretch and coming back to a trot or walk before the end, doing a few circles, then moving up to the canter again. Once she's used to the idea she's not going to be tearing around, and they'll be changes coming, she'll start coming back to you, and you'll start feeling better about it.
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        07-07-2013, 05:20 PM
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    For arena work I'd work on doing lots of transitions and circles. When I ask for a canter I'd ask it coming out of a corner, letting her go down the stretch and coming back to a trot or walk before the end, doing a few circles, then moving up to the canter again. Once she's used to the idea she's not going to be tearing around, and they'll be changes coming, she'll start coming back to you, and you'll start feeling better about it.
    I definitely worked on this yesterday and it was very helpful.

    The first time I cantered her was on the beach and really wanted to stretch out and go, which I was not ready for at all haha!

    Yesterday my instructor put her and I on the lungeline and we worked on keeping my hands lower, pushing her forward and asking for canter with rein and seat aid. At first she didn't want to listen so my coach asked verbally and she was happy to do so. Then I started asking with my cues and she very nicely stepped into the canter.

    I managed to ride her canter for a good 20 laps around the arena (not all at once, we had trot transitions and walk breaks inbetween) but my butt did not come out of the saddle like before!

    ~~~

    Thank you for all the tips! The main issue was pinching at the knee and then bracing against the stirrups and pitching myself forward. Hopefully next time there is video to share (no one came out and I don't own a tripod)
         
        07-10-2013, 08:34 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I was just about to suggest you try working it on a lungeline! Glad you did and it seemed to help :)

    Keep us posted! A video would be great!
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