Afraid to Canter? - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding > Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation

Afraid to Canter?

This is a discussion on Afraid to Canter? within the Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation forums, part of the English Riding category
  • I cant master the canter
  • Riding weekly for 2 years still cant get into canter in the school

Like Tree15Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-28-2012, 01:55 PM
  #11
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoAppendix    
No commenting on the OP, but not all riders are created equal. Someone with natural talent can accomplish far more in the same period of time than someone that struggles. You can't really assign a time line to how far and fast someone should progress. Honestly, I think the trainers that stick with those who have a hard time with simple riding basics (and those riders are absolutely out there) are saints.
As a riding instructor who has taught in public riding schools for over 40 years there is no such thing as a rider that can't master the basics in 6 months of regular lessons. To barely be cantering after 3 years shows very poor instuction.

In 10 one hour lessons I expect all my pupils to be able to canter. My own school which I had for nine years we had 300 riders per week coming through and not one was unable to canter in that time frame.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-28-2012, 02:35 PM
  #12
Trained
I agree with GoAppendix. I started at 50. 40 years of jogging has given me tight hips, which are great for staying healthy while jogging, but horrible for riding well. Even after nearly 5 years of riding regularly - 3-5 times/week - I still need 10 minutes in the saddle to loosen up.

Someone could have taught me enough in 10 hours to stay on at a canter. Visiting ranches in my teens, I stayed on cantering and galloping horses without ANY instruction. But just because I didn't fall off didn't mean I was ready to canter or gallop.

Heck, I stayed on Mia during our bolts together for our first couple of years. The only time I came off was when she bolted in the middle of a dismount. But that wasn't the same as being ready to canter or gallop.

Watching some group lessons at a local stable, the riders were all able to stay on at a canter. But there was a reason the horses were pinning their ears when cued...lots of bouncing seats and balancing on the reins.

My daughter-in-law could sit the trot after 30 minutes on a horse. It took me a couple of years to sit the trot without any pinned ears. But my DIL has wet noodles for bones. I have I-beams.

I wish I could pick everything up fast, but I seem to have to work 10 times harder to make 1/2 the progress. Maybe I'm in the bottom 1/10th of 1%. Don't know. Maybe I also have a higher standard for what I need to be able to do well before going to the next step. Maybe it is a bit of both...
     
    12-28-2012, 03:14 PM
  #13
Yearling
If after 6 months of riding I saw pupils bouncingin canter I would be having words with my instructors.

Quality tuition is the key to progress - if the instructor is unable to notice why the rider is bouncing or not able to balance for more than a few steps in canter then they need to sharpen up their teaching practise.

Older riders do need time to warm up - and a good instructor teaches to the fitnes level of the pupil. All my riders learnt canter without stirrups as they can't bounce around - and please note I was also teaching adults - not just kids.
     
    12-28-2012, 03:43 PM
  #14
Weanling
Those people absolutely exist. They are posting on this forum every single day. You have people with fear issues that take months to go faster than a walk.

Being able to canter and being able to canter well are also two entirely different things. I see plenty of riders that were rushed that absolutely need to go to back to their basics. Sure, I am sure someone can stay on. But that isn't really riding.
Wolfetrap likes this.
     
    12-28-2012, 07:44 PM
  #15
Super Moderator
^^^ But how much of this is down to bad tuition and poorly trained horses?. I appreciate that someone can be really nervous but a good horse and instructor should help overcome that by helping a rider build trust in the horse
Tension and the inability to relax is one of the biggest problems in people not able to do sitting trot and canter and until they find a way to overcome the nerves the tension is never going to go away
Tnavas and Muppetgirl like this.
     
    12-29-2012, 12:15 PM
  #16
Weanling
Of course a good horse and instructor can help them overcome it. But you wouldn't set a deadline and say "be over it by this date because everyone should be ______ by now" would you?
     
    12-29-2012, 02:32 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoAppendix    
Of course a good horse and instructor can help them overcome it. But you wouldn't set a deadline and say "be over it by this date because everyone should be ______ by now" would you?
Absolutely not - though if someone was still very nervous after 6 months of riding the same safe horse I might be questioning what I was doing wrong.
At the end of the day riding is supposed to be for fun - to have pleasure and if you're so nervous after a realistic time then that says to me that you're not enjoying it at all.
     
    12-29-2012, 03:26 PM
  #18
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoAppendix    
Those people absolutely exist. They are posting on this forum every single day. You have people with fear issues that take months to go faster than a walk.

Being able to canter and being able to canter well are also two entirely different things. I see plenty of riders that were rushed that absolutely need to go to back to their basics. Sure, I am sure someone can stay on. But that isn't really riding.

You wouold have to wonder

1 Are they having lessons - most likely not

2 What is their horse like - they are scared of the horse not about going faster

As I have said before I've been teaching at public riding schools and have never had one rider that hasn't been able to canter after 10 group lessons.

If having private or lunge lessons then they are definitely cantering with competence after 10 lessons.
     
    12-30-2012, 02:48 AM
  #19
Weanling
Or they just aren't natural riders. Sometimes it is really just the person and not the situation or the horse.
     
    12-30-2012, 04:11 AM
  #20
Trained
I totally agree with Appendix on this!
Posted via Mobile Device
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Afraid of Mud Cintillate Horse Riding 2 07-23-2012 12:29 PM
What are you afraid of? TheRoughrider21 General Off Topic Discussion 30 11-26-2010 08:26 PM
How do you train walk to canter, and help with canter leads? PintoTess Horse Training 5 10-12-2010 09:39 PM
afraid to canter dedebird Horse Riding 9 08-13-2010 08:22 PM
Afraid of everything? will99 Horse Training 6 08-27-2007 07:38 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0