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    02-28-2012, 08:32 PM
Red face Must...Resist...Cantering...

So It's been about 2 weeks since I've started leasing Sweetie. She is a nice trustworthy horse on the ground (I'm always paying attention to her though) but when riding she is very barn sour and bratty (She has not been really ridden in about 2 years). Not to the point where I can't handle it but where I don't fully trust her. I've only ridden her twice (I was suppost to ride yesterday but thanks to a dust storm I couldn't. That's what I get for living in AZ lol) and she will randomly stop, turn around, toss her head up, etc. I always fix it with some backing, turning, sidepasses and whatever else I can think of. But I want to canter so badly! I am making myself wait until I can get her trot around the whole arena, then I will try.

I am very exited and I can't wait to do some fun stuff on this girl ^^
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    02-28-2012, 09:06 PM
That's probably a good plan. And it will make her canter that much nicer when you finally do get to do it! Good luck and have fun with her!
    02-28-2012, 09:16 PM
Hmmm. Make her canter in small circles right next to the barn and rest far into the arena. That way you get to canter and you're fixing the barn sour problems too :)
    02-28-2012, 09:23 PM
You have only two rides on her? You are wise to just take it slow a bit and work on things at a trot first. Or walk. Work throught the barn sourness at a walk and trot. It takes quite awhile to really get a feel for a horse.
I am not saying you have to wait a year or something, just a couple more rides and when you feel ok about it.

ETA oh, I mean you have been riding her for two weeks, not two rides. Sorry.
    02-28-2012, 09:34 PM
Well, you are right, I've only had about 3 rides on her xD I've just been hanging out with her for 2 weeks.

It is a bit to early to be thinking about cantering. Maybe I will next week if she feels up to it. And I like that idea of cantering in little circles then taking it easy away from the barn. The problem is that it's not really an arena, just a flat field with no holes. Right next to the pasture, so she can see her family freaking out wondering what I'm doing with their old mamma.
Thanks guys :)
    02-28-2012, 09:49 PM
Cantering feels so much better when you are comfortable with the horse and you don't feel there's a possibility she might run off with you. I got stuck with the naughty horse on a trail ride once because of course the good horse I was supposed to ride was the only one safe to ride double. This was a problem we wouldn't have originally had, but another girl decided she wanted to come too. I decided to be nice and try my hand at the naughty horse because I had rode her a couple times before and though she was a little on the hot side I didn't think she was too much for me to handle. Boy was I wrong! We hit an open field and I don't know if she thought there was a herd of buffalo behind her or what, but she took off mach speed and no matter what I did there was no stopping her. I wound up in the ER and she wound up in the next township!

Needless to say sounds like you are figuring out her quirks and that you are letting her know who is boss so you are starting off on the right foot. Good luck and I hope you savor that canter even more when it comes.
    02-29-2012, 11:16 PM
I'd wait till you're comfortable with her completely at trot and even then probably lunge her at canter first just to see if she'll try anything
    02-29-2012, 11:24 PM
I can't remotely try to talk you out of cantering. I'd do it all day if I could. I'd personally test the brakes a few hundred times before cantering outside of the arena. Inside a confined space, it's a bit easier. There's only so far she can go if she decides to be a goof.

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