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post #21 of 60 Old 12-26-2011, 10:24 PM
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congrats! After really being worried about cantering Zulu, I have a few canters on Zulu under my belt now and am wondering why I made such a big fuss about it. He's just so big!
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post #22 of 60 Old 12-26-2011, 10:35 PM
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Congratulations!
This time last year I was riding everyday ( but during the year I was so busy I didnt ride much) and cantering was ALL I wanted to do!
Your boy sounds like he just needs a little bit of experience under his belt and then he will be fine! And there is nothing better then a smooth canter.

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Thanks everyone! Merry Christmas indeed to meeee :P

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congrats! After really being worried about cantering Zulu, I have a few canters on Zulu under my belt now and am wondering why I made such a big fuss about it. He's just so big!
I know!! My boy is huge too, and just the power from the hinds. And that's just his canter! I can't imagine his extended canter or gallop. I think I'd be blasted into the next milky way over :P

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Congratulations!
This time last year I was riding everyday ( but during the year I was so busy I didnt ride much) and cantering was ALL I wanted to do!
Your boy sounds like he just needs a little bit of experience under his belt and then he will be fine! And there is nothing better then a smooth canter.
Oh I was in heaven with that canter.. so smooth and so HUGE. I felt like I was being rocked in someone's arms xP

I agree, with more experience, he's going to be quite the pleasurable mount! :)
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Nice! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!
A good, safe-feeling canter is literally the best thing in the entire world, in my opinion. :)
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Thanks!!!! I'm so proud of us haha

Definitely can see why.. though I need to work on giving him his face. I have an awful habit of getting support from the reins instead of my body. Grrr
I think I will record him cantering on the lunge. The difference between 3 or so weeks is phenomenal. Then I'll try and get some shots of me cantering him (probably won't be graceful but yeah!)
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I sometimes have the same issue- I try to grab mane or a grab strap if I find myself starting to pull on the reins other than to actually communicate something. If you have a round pen that your boy is used to working in, you might be able to 'lunge lesson' yourself for practice. At least for my boy, he understands that in the round pen, his job is continue on the rail at the gait and speed requested until told otherwise. Very useful! I just buckle the reins into a D loop on the pommel, cluck at him, and then practice what I need to.
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I sometimes have the same issue- I try to grab mane or a grab strap if I find myself starting to pull on the reins other than to actually communicate something. If you have a round pen that your boy is used to working in, you might be able to 'lunge lesson' yourself for practice. At least for my boy, he understands that in the round pen, his job is continue on the rail at the gait and speed requested until told otherwise. Very useful! I just buckle the reins into a D loop on the pommel, cluck at him, and then practice what I need to.
Oh I wish! The one we have is based on gravel and very small for my huge man.. :/ just not a good idea all around.

Also going on his better side, he tends to turn insanely towards the middle so I have to literally support him on my outside rein by holding it back and steady. I didn't try his stiff way.. but I'm sure it's the same story!

But what a nice horse you have :P

I will try grabbing mane next time. He just has such a short mane at his withers.. the longer stuff is halfway up his neck xD
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Yayayayayayayay!! Congrats!

I can't remember my first canter... believe it consisted of my trying not to fall off while dodging gopher holes... one way to learn, I guess.

You're well on your way to bigger and better things!!!! Next up: the G word. Gallop :)

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I'll try my best! It helps that my mom got a fancy new camera :) I hope she takes video.. I've never seen myself ride.
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Oh I wish! The one we have is based on gravel and very small for my huge man.. :/ just not a good idea all around.
Hate to double post, but I just wanted to make sure this comment wasn't taken the wrong way! It's a great idea Sharpie.. just the roundpen I have isn't suitable for it :/ Which is what I was referring to as not a good idea.

If I had a nice large round pen with good footing.. I'd try it out!
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