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post #1 of 13 Old 03-26-2016, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Novice having trouble with canter

Hi all,

I've been having trouble with canter due to confidence. This is just about the only time I felt comfortable cantering.

Please could you critique my trot, transition and canter.

I am aware that the mare lifted her head, as soon as I get rid of the fear and she returns from maternity leave, I'll work on that.



Thank you for your time

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The two main things that I see is that you lean forward for the canter and it looked like you took your horse by surprise when you asked for it. Try to sit back a little and prepare your horse before you ask and about 50,000 repetitions Practice, practice, practice.
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if you're a novice, then that canter is right about what I'd expect. not bad.

with time, relaxation, and confidence you'll be able to become more relaxed in your body and not bounce around so much. start by putting bend in your elbow.
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The two main things that I see is that you lean forward for the canter and it looked like you took your horse by surprise when you asked for it.
I was trying to go for a half seat, which should be a bit forward? But not that much?

I took myself by surprise as well, I'm usually scared and it takes forever
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if you're a novice, then that canter is right about what I'd expect. not bad.

with time, relaxation, and confidence you'll be able to become more relaxed in your body and not bounce around so much. start by putting bend in your elbow.
Will do, thank you.
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I am aware that the mare lifted her head, as soon as I get rid of the fear and she returns from maternity leave, I'll work on that.

Are you saying that mare is pregnant? How far along?
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I was trying to go for a half seat, which should be a bit forward? But not that much?

I took myself by surprise as well, I'm usually scared and it takes forever
You have an instructor right? Ask them.

I would think you should do more work in the half seat at lower gaits and work on sitting the canter (which seemed to be easier for you anyways).

I would suggest to think of standing up in your stirrups, straight, then sitting back down in a jockey crouch almost.

I think the "forward" part may be a mental block for you as I was wondering why you were leaning forward on your horses neck lol it wasn't even obvious you were trying for a half seat. It will ruin your seat in a canter.

I'm not an instructor but I would suggest to think of it as a "two point" you aren't just leaning forward, you are just standing up and bending your body a little differently.

As I said I would ask for a little more focus on that, at other gaits.

Overall not bad at all!! It took me a very long time to be really comfortable at a canter.

Yeah that mare doesn't look pregnant at all!
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Are you saying that mare is pregnant? How far along?
She was six months along when this was taken. She had her foal two weeks ago, and mum and baby are great :)
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You have an instructor right? Ask them.

I would think you should do more work in the half seat at lower gaits and work on sitting the canter (which seemed to be easier for you anyways).

I would suggest to think of standing up in your stirrups, straight, then sitting back down in a jockey crouch almost.

I think the "forward" part may be a mental block for you as I was wondering why you were leaning forward on your horses neck lol it wasn't even obvious you were trying for a half seat. It will ruin your seat in a canter.

I'm not an instructor but I would suggest to think of it as a "two point" you aren't just leaning forward, you are just standing up and bending your body a little differently.

As I said I would ask for a little more focus on that, at other gaits.

Overall not bad at all!! It took me a very long time to be really comfortable at a canter.

Yeah that mare doesn't look pregnant at all!
Thank you
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I know what it's like to anticipate the canter. My instructor used to say "ok pick up the canter when your ready." it was the WRONG phrasing. I'd continue walking adjusting my reins, trying to get bend, over analyzing and procrastinating... until she went "uhh... you gonna canter? I'm falling asleep over here.. :)"

The only way to eliminate that is to canter over and over on a horse you trust. Ideally if you are trotting, you'd sit the trot right before you canter. If it's easier for you, you could try practicing walk to canter transitions instead.

you'll have to fake the confidence until you make it.. but the good news is just by doing it over and over you're going to get better.
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Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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