FAST canter, head down, buck. YIKES!
*Hi there, I got my first horse four months ago. She's a 4yo cob, 14.2hh.*
Things are going really well for us, only now I've started hacking with friends and not the school rides. I remember the first and only time I cantered with her back just a week before I got her. Since I have stuck to walk and trot.
I guess its just the fear over the last four months building up. But when I cantered her that time, it was awkward but I seemed to think it was fun. However, each time I even contemplate cantering, I get image of a massive buck at transition, cantering so fast that the horse in front of me is my only stopper, and her head being so low that I constantly think she's going to buck. The thought scares me, though at the time I was fine.*
I've been sticking to walking and trotting over the past four months just out of utter fear. However, now that me and my friends are going out more, they canter a llot and I don't want to drag them down with my lack of confidence.*
The thing is, I used to canter every week before I got her and I miss it. I just wish there was a way to get past the mental block and canter with my friends.
Anyone know any methods to slow her down, get her head up and minimize bucking, especially at transition from trot to canter.
A new bit nor trainer are not options unfortunately. Reason being she has just been put on a new bit and there are not trainers nearby. She hates riding alone. I always go behind someone when I ride. Also, I',
M not able *to go into the arena to canter s she lacks confidence in there (again, she is alone) she isn n pain, had her checked. Maybe just excitable, but its really getting me down. I feel so left out!*
I'm fourteen, been riding for seven years and we have a strong bond already. Its just this ne obstacle. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!
Sorry if spelling/punctuation is bad, on ipad and its being awkward. Can't see what I'm typing XD