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post #12 of 28 Old 10-21-2013, 10:11 PM
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There's no law that says you have to canter.
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post #13 of 28 Old 10-21-2013, 10:17 PM
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Yup, I agree with Saddlebag. If you don't want to canter, just don't. Who cares?

If you do want to canter, well, there are a bunch of suggestions up there for you.
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post #14 of 28 Old 10-21-2013, 10:25 PM
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you dont' have to suck it up and swallow it all at once.

get someone else , who has not predetermined notion of waht the mare might do, canter her, and canter her, and canter her. let the mare get some of her ya-yas out. Then, you get on and cnater, and just a few strides, like someone said, then back to trot, then up to canter. Do it twice the first time, call it a day. you'll find it gets easier and easier. And, if you have an arena, then you know she cannot go anywhere and run into an electric fence.
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post #15 of 28 Old 10-21-2013, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama View Post
Yup, I agree with Saddlebag. If you don't want to canter, just don't. Who cares?

If you do want to canter, well, there are a bunch of suggestions up there for you.
Yes, yes, and yes!!!

I've been riding Chuck now (since moving to Florida almost two years ago) for 3-5 times per week and have only cantered 2 times and that is fine by me.
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post #16 of 28 Old 10-21-2013, 10:56 PM
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Just wondering why someone buys a horse when the test ride does not go well? H
Knew a woman that on a test ride the horse put her in the hospital for several days and she bought the horse.
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post #17 of 28 Old 10-22-2013, 12:47 AM
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I had the same confidence problem with my mare. You didn't say how old your horse is but my mare was young and inexperienced at carrying a rider at the canter. Her solution to the problem was to just go faster (to help her balance) which only made things worse for both of us.
The first thing I did was to work on getting an AMAZING stop on my mare at the walk and trot (could just sit down and said wow with no reins and no extra steps taken). I always say its more fun to go when you know you can whoa. After I achieved that we spent weeks on trot canter transitions only staying in the canter for a few strides. I think transitions are the trickiest part of any gait so feeling good about doing them gives both the horse and rider more confidence. I also had a trainer who would do more extend cantering on my mare from time to time.
Honestly my mare just need experience to figure it out but fear kept us both from trying. It was a vicious circle.
As things began to feel better we wanted to canter more and the canter got better.
My advice is to take it slow, find an understanding friend to watch and encourage you from the ground (makes things less scary) and push yourself to do just a little bit of canter each day. Oh and I agree, do it in a controlled environment for sure.
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post #18 of 28 Old 10-22-2013, 12:48 AM
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If you have a bad day on a horse do you just sell it and move on?

There are a million reasons to still buy a horse even after a rough start. And no ones place to judge those who do.

She had a bad experience with the horse and she looked past it so there must have been some connection between her and her mare. I think its brave and admirable to get scared like that and have the perseverance to keep going and look past a bad start to see the diamond in the rough!

When she gets past this taharah is going to be a stronger rider and horseperson and the connection between her and her horse will have been strengthened because of it!
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post #19 of 28 Old 10-22-2013, 01:20 AM
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My mare tried to kill me when i got her. She was abused and frightened. She is now the best horse :). Yes she still has problems, her stop is a lot better but still needs work at the canter. But she will stand without a halter in the barn and have her hooves done without fuss, she has had children run round her like mini crack heads (lol) and not even batted an eye and she dose what ever i ask her. So sometimes buying that crazy horse can turn out ok :)
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post #20 of 28 Old 10-22-2013, 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Roux View Post
If you have a bad day on a horse do you just sell it and move on?

There are a million reasons to still buy a horse even after a rough start. And no ones place to judge those who do.
There may be a million reasons to buy, but one huge great reason why one wouldn't. It's no where near the same as a bad day with a horse that you have already committed to, people usually do not buy things that do not fit right, why would you buy a horse that had such a huge red flag.
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