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post #11 of 19 Old 08-07-2013, 01:02 PM
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Me, I was taught a couple of other things, in addition to outside leg back behind the girth. (And yes, if he ignores it, the aide should be reinforced with a crop.)

Also inside leg presses in at the girth and the rider needs to lean back, all while at a rhythmic sitting trot.

Leaning back matters, because it gets the rider's weight off the forehand (the front legs). The horse needs to lift his front to strike off at the canter. The inside leg at the girth causes the horse to bend a bit, encouraging him to pick up the correct lead (inside front leg).

Hope this helps.
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I can't wait to try again. Trainer asked me to carry a whip, but I thought it was one more thing I have to worry about. I've only been back to riding for 3-4 times after not touching or looking at a horse for 13 years....

Maybe I will wait till my lower legs are not so ******ed before I start cantering again.
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-08-2013, 01:24 PM
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Faye- A lot of school horses respect a crop but do not need you to use it. Just carrying it goes a long way as a motivator.

If you are picking up the canter from the trot, keep a feel with the inside rein to control speed. You do not want your horse to trot faster. As mentioned above, keep your inside leg against your horse. A trick is to think of inside leg as a brick wall, and to try to push your outside leg against that brick wall. Hope this helps.
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I have heard this story from many other people and I'm the same way if its not my horse. What helped my balance is I pretend that I need to push the saddle up the horses neck with my center and thighs (sorry not to technical on lessons) it helps me to sit up and kind of flow with the motion. I also found watching a million videos on just watching the horse move in a canter. I watch their body from head to tail and down to the hoof. If you understand how a horse moves then you can understand how you should move.
Take your time and enjoy the ride!!!!
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-08-2013, 03:41 PM
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LOL,, I am afraid of the trot, I canter everywhere.
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post #16 of 19 Old 08-16-2013, 11:26 PM
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Ask for the canter like this-pick up inside rein, outside leg back to push hindquarters over, then squeeze and give a big kiss. This puts the horse's body in the correct position to canter from a walk. Has worked every time for me.
Don't just let the horse rush into it because he can't trot any faster. Start again, give clear, firm aids, and then the canter will he much better as a result. :)
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post #17 of 19 Old 08-16-2013, 11:42 PM
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IDK! I hate cantering! I used to love it, but then I stopped riding for 8 years and recently started again. I get nervous sometimes at a fast trot because posting isn't coming to me as easy as it used to. That, and my horse has THE CHOPPIEST trot ever. Today I rode English for the first time ever, and he bounced my left foot out of the stirrup. Scared me to death for a moment, but I was able to regain my composure. I don't think I will be cantering for atleast a few weeks.
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post #18 of 19 Old 08-17-2013, 05:11 AM
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I'm working through a similar issue. I was leasing a horse with a really "big" canter (he's still a little green, and I'm a lot green), and the trainer I was with would do the scream routine and I'd get all nervous and the canter would basically be me desperately trying to balance. Since I wasn't really riding the canter so much as holding on for dear life, I wasn't controlling the horse and he would take it as an opportunity to run like a deranged dreidel around the arena. Eventually I had my other trainer come out and she pointed out the fact that I threw all my aids away when I went into the canter and they came back when I dropped to trot, which I hadn't realized on my own. After that I focused really intently on riding at the canter, and things got better so fast it was funny. You might be much more advanced, so please don't take this the wrong way, but if you're anything like me, I'd suggest just forcing yourself to do it a few times and really exaggerating your cues. For me, it made the horse listen, and then I felt a lot more in control, which relaxed me tons.

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post #19 of 19 Old 08-17-2013, 05:24 AM
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(most) Riding school horses always take more effort to get moving. You are asking the right way, and there is no reason your instructor should get mad at you. Just be stronger when you ask, and use the outside leg more so you can make sure he is on the right leg.
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