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post #1 of 7 Old 04-21-2012, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Building up confidence to canter??

I have a friend who is scared to canter after falling off, and she requested some help.. Her horse's canter is very bouncy. Does anyone have any advice I could relay to her about building her confidence back up? Other than riding another horse that has a smoother canter that is.


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maybe she could work on learning half seat, which can help with a horse that has a bouncy canter.

I also find that cantering UP a hill makes it much easier. so, if you could go out on the trails, let her horse follow if it is ok with that, and take some canters up short hills, that have an obvious stopping place at the top. make it fun! she'll have a breakthrough, I predict.
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I totally agree with Tinyliny that is how I learned, my husband would go ahead of me and my horse and when he would stop at the top my horse would also. I don't know if this is proper or not but he would have me grab the back of my cantle to kind of pull my butt down deeper in the seat, that only had to happen a couple of times then I caught on. I also had confidence issues when I canter on a new horse we had and by that time we had a roundpen so I was put on a lunge line.
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I would also recommend her practicing on another horse to begin with. Once she has better confidence and balance she should work on walk or halt to canter transitions, only letting her horse canter two or three strides before bringing him back. Learning how to ride his rough gate in short spurts will help build her confidence and doing the transitions might make his balance better-improving his gait.
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What about having her canter on the lunge? It really does help to feel more secure, that the person lunging has some control as well.

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Ok, thanks for the great suggestions you guys! The only problem is she doesn't really have anyone else at the stable where she keeps her horse other than the BO's horses.. (I don't live near her either) We are both at loss.. Hmm..

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