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    01-10-2012, 03:30 PM
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Showing
Cantering Lesson.... Phew!

So here I am with my horse cantering. He was very hyper and reactive compared to other times. It's only my 3rd time cantering and I was very sore from all of the hopping and whatnot.. he probably was sore too.

Anyway, here we are! I cut all the cantering bits together and put them in a film.

     
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    01-10-2012, 03:45 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Well done to you!!

I still love that natural swish of his tail!!

The ONLY thing I would strongly recommend, is until you find your seat, get a strap, or leadrope round his neck, tie your reins, and learn to sit like that. IMO, a couple of times he threw his head around, and got faster because your seat was a bit higgldy- I'm impressed if that's your 3rd time though, which made your hands go up and everywhere. In the long run, you have less to concentrate on, it may slow him down, and you won't pull him in the mouth though.

But, main thing- congrats on doing it :) I LOVE to canter, once you find that rhythm, its amazing! Well done to you x
     
    01-10-2012, 03:58 PM
  #3
Showing
Yeah I think I will get an oh sh-- strap.. poor thing. It wasn't like that Sunday. I wasn't in his mouth at all because he was nice and smooth.. but yesterday was insanely hyper.. I could barely keep up with him.


Thanks for the tips!
     
    01-10-2012, 04:00 PM
  #4
Weanling
Your lower leg looks really nice and secure, good job on that, my first canters involved a lot of saddle slapping, arm waving and flapping legs!
Gorgeous horse :)
     
    01-10-2012, 04:03 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Yeah I think I will get an oh sh-- strap.. poor thing. It wasn't like that Sunday. I wasn't in his mouth at all because he was nice and smooth.. but yesterday was insanely hyper.. I could barely keep up with him.


Thanks for the tips!

Lol, horses eh? No two days are the same!

He was probably dead excited to get going again!

Strap is just a suggestion, you've worked so hard for his mouth and trust, think it might just be easier for him :)

Like above, we all go through the a)awkward learning to post trot and b) cantering where nothing make s sense and THEN it just clicks :)
     
    01-10-2012, 04:04 PM
  #6
Showing
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Originally Posted by ElaineLighten    
Your lower leg looks really nice and secure, good job on that, my first canters involved a lot of saddle slapping, arm waving and flapping legs!
Gorgeous horse :)
Thank you!

My friend on Sunday lunged me at the canter and she was so helpful. She pointed out that I was pinching with my knees and I should stretch my leg down.. I didn't know what she meant so she talked me through it and I got my leg! It was amazing! And then putting weight on the outside helped him get his lead. Before I was a bumping mess

I think my upper half and seat made enough noise to make up from the quiet legs xD

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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
lol, horses eh? No two days are the same!

He was probably dead excited to get going again!

Strap is just a suggestion, you've worked so hard for his mouth and trust, think it might just be easier for him :)

Like above, we all go through the a)awkward learning to post trot and b) cantering where nothing make s sense and THEN it just clicks :)
Oh definitely.. but omg Duffy he was so reactive! Usually (well you saw in the riding video) it takes him a second to trot. I barely touched him with my legs and shifted weight in my seat and he picked up the biggest trot ever.. while on the bit. It was ridiculously cool but I wasn't ready for it.. so most of the lesson I was trying to keep up with him xD So I was tired by the time it came to canter... lol

He's such a lovely horse though.
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    01-10-2012, 04:05 PM
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Weanling
I agree..well done! Isn't it a wonderful feeling!? I had a bad experience with a horse when I was first learning how to canter..my arms were flying everywhere and he flipped over it for some reason...I learned real fast to keep my arms down and elbows in!..he was a great lesson horse just something about my arms that day freaked him out...keep practicing!! And good job!
     
    01-10-2012, 04:14 PM
  #8
Showing
Thank you! Yeah it did feel good :)

But you aren't supposed to just keep your arms still like for trotting, right? I thought you had to follow them? I just get told how to drive the horse forward.. I haven't asked my instructor what my upper half is supposed to be doing...
     
    01-10-2012, 04:22 PM
  #9
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Maggie,
What a lovely horse Skye is! You did just fine. Yes, your arms were really out there waving to the crowd like a princess on a parade float. But that's just due to haveing stiffness in your body, so the motion isn't absorbed in your hip /pelvis joints, but rather carries all the way into the upper body and arms. Over time you will relax that place and the motion will not go into your arms (like how when you crack a whip the motion travells all the way down to the tip? Your arms are like the end of that whip, with the wave of motion moving to and out through them. Your hips need to be the place that the motion goes through and out)

You had some really nice canter departs and I thought your horse did an excellent job. If it were me lunging you, I might have you not hold the reins and just hold the saddle or the strap. Eventually, you drop your stirrups, too.
(I was always so insecure on the lunge at canter that if I dropped my stirrups, I insisted on having my reins)
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    01-10-2012, 05:20 PM
  #10
Showing
Thanks Caroline!

I know he took great care of me! Despite wanting to just go until we found that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow ;P And he's getting so much better at cantering. Lunging him in the side reins has helped. He's moved up 3 holes on the side rein adjustment though since he started. Now he's working on using his back more instead of throwing his head up. But yeah.. I definitely had a direct impact on that. Poor guy.. what he puts up with xD

Yeah I was so stiff, and very sore.. but great analogy! That helps me to understand it better.. I asked my instructor what I could do to improve and she just said to keep riding it and practicing. I see her point but sometimes I need more to work with, you know?

I'm definitely not feeling secure enough to be without stirrups :/ not even at the trot. I think I would scare the tar out of Sky.. and he's doing so well! But I do agree with not having the reins..

Thanks again! :)
     

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