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    08-04-2007, 07:11 PM

Hello, I just took my first cantering lessons. It felt so different, and unfortunately I fell off twice. For some reason when I start to canter my whole body go forward and I don't have enough time to go back because I fall off immediately it seems. I've never fallen off a horse before but I'm lucky I landed on my feet both times. When I go into canter, how am I supposed to be positioned and how do you not go forward all of a sudden?
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    08-04-2007, 07:28 PM

when I was a kid I had lessons every saturday moring, the horse for that eventful saturday morning lesson was a big red raon named skipper....boy did he live up to his name.......3rd stride in off I went every dad stood there covering his eyes when the instructor asked for a canter....i stopped falling off when I really started to use my leg's I guess I let them flop around.....
    08-05-2007, 06:12 AM
Yeah tina id just grip with ur legs and sit up straight and if needed grab some mane?? Just a question are you doing a few strides in the sitting trot before you canter because if ur not that tends to tip you folward a bit as well
    08-05-2007, 09:29 AM
Try holding the pommel of the saddle with one hand and you reins with the other and lean back a bit. And sit trot a few beats before you canter.
    08-05-2007, 08:54 PM
Yeah, I'm doing a posting trot then going into canter. I'm sure I'll get used to it sometime, but for now, I should probably stick with jumping and trotting until I'm ready.
    08-05-2007, 08:58 PM
Don't do anything you're not comftortable with!!
    08-05-2007, 11:32 PM
Can you ride a sitting trot well?
    08-06-2007, 12:28 AM
If she can't ride a canta no WAY would she beable to successfully ride sit trot!! :roll: Geez :o
    08-06-2007, 01:14 AM
Sitting trot is not difficult & can easily be learned before introducing the cantER.
    08-08-2007, 12:08 AM
Yes, I can do a sitting trot and Posting trot, and of course trotting in two point.

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