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        06-25-2014, 09:15 PM
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    Foal
    Cantering in English

    Okay, so I'm not new to horses, but I am new to English. I've always ridden western, and am SUPER comfortable galloping in a western. The new horse I'm riding is a full English trained horse. I can't ride her in a western saddle. I can trot on her just fine, but there's this mental thing with cantering. I feel like I'm going to fall... I know it's stupid. Does anyone have any advice on how to get over this ridiculous fear?
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        06-25-2014, 09:19 PM
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    Trained
    Gallop is different from a canter or a lope, it's more extended and faster. If you feel you are going to fall from an english saddle at a canter, more practice at the trot until you are solid in that gait.
         
        06-25-2014, 09:20 PM
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    Weanling
    It's all about balance, the more balanced you feel, the less you're going to feel like you're about to fall.
    If the horse has a big or bouncy canter it'll make you gasp the first few times until you adjust to it.

    I ride 'both ways' and had to adapt to a smaller English saddle, it left me feeling more 'open' to falling off at higher speeds until I adjusted my balance.
    You just have to tell yourself that it'll be okay and that you're not going to fall. You can get a trainer or friend to lunge the horse for you while you practice riding the canter and figuring out how to balance in the saddle.
         
        06-25-2014, 09:21 PM
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    Foal
    I know the difference I was just saying that I have no fear what-so-ever in a western saddle, but English is just... I don't know western is like a security blanket... Ugh...
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        06-25-2014, 09:22 PM
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    Originally Posted by Horseychick87    
    It's all about balance, the more balanced you feel, the less you're going to feel like you're about to fall.
    If the horse has a big or bouncy canter it'll make you gasp the first few times until you adjust to it.

    I ride 'both ways' and had to adapt to a smaller English saddle, it left me feeling more 'open' to falling off at higher speeds until I adjusted my balance.
    You just have to tell yourself that it'll be okay and that you're not going to fall. You can get a trainer or friend to lunge the horse for you while you practice riding the canter and figuring out how to balance in the saddle.
    Thanks :) I'll talk to my boss and try that. She's an Arab and nothing she does is smooth. I need thought about her type of canter in comparison to my relatively smooth western horse.
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        06-25-2014, 09:24 PM
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    Weanling
    You're welcome.
    I spent a long time on that lunge line until I got better at it, LOL.
         
        06-25-2014, 09:33 PM
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    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lavapool    
    I know the difference I was just saying that I have no fear what-so-ever in a western saddle, but English is just... I don't know western is like a security blanket... Ugh...
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    Western saddles make me nervous.
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        06-25-2014, 09:39 PM
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    Western saddles make me nervous.
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    Maybe it's just how people are originally trained... Everyone's different.
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        06-25-2014, 09:55 PM
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    Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
    Western saddles make me nervous.
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    Yeah, I've ridden exclusively English almost my whole life, and when I got into a western saddle for the first time I was so confused...I didn't know how to ride in it all! I know nothing about it :P
         
        06-25-2014, 09:59 PM
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    Unless you use the western saddle as something to hang on too cantering in an English saddle shouldn't be so different
         

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