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post #11 of 16 Old 12-20-2018, 01:02 AM
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In my opinion, it is too soon to be cantering, at all. My instructor made sure i could post the trot without stirrups and pick them up at the trot. If you can do that well, then you were allowed to canter for the first time (and certainly not on a horse that bucked!)

3 months is not long at all. I rode for probably a year before cantering...which is probably why i never fell off the first few years i spent riding. My instructor was a safety first type of person.

But no i would have you cantering yet. Unless you are an extreme athlete, you probably do not have the muscles - it takes time for your body to adapt to riding.

I would question your doesn't sound very safe. Beginners should not be put on a horse with a history of bucking. Period. Even an experienced rider should be warned if the horse has a history of bucking.
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-20-2018, 04:58 AM
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It's crazy how the brain works. You are bouncing around because you are tensing up, this you know. Right now you seem like you can't help but to tense up so just don't canter until you are over it, it's no big deal.

I fell off during a spook and hurt myself.earlier this year. I didn't get right back on because I couldn't physically. As soon as my body started to heal enough to get back on I was riding again. A couple of years ago I was in my house, on a ladder and the ladder tipped and I came crashing down. I think I had a sort of panic attack because it felt like my throat was starting to close up. Grabbed a drink of water and the sensation went away. Physically, I didn't get hurt at all, but guess what, it was almost six months before I could get myself back on that ladder. I had been on ladders a million times throughout my life but suddenly I was nervous about it. For some reason my mind decided ladders are no good but riding was just fine, why? I have no idea.
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-20-2018, 05:57 AM
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Could you message me it won’t let me I’m kinda new at this
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-20-2018, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by kophing View Post
I feel like I'm regressing, wasting me AND my trainer's time. I can only imagine that its equally frustrating for her as it is for me (and for the horse!) to go back to square one and say there.... I miss having confidence in my riding.
It appears that you are trying to overcome your problem by starting over and over again at step three (or four or twelve or whatever) rather than going back further and working on the real cause of the problem.

The real cause is not cantering, but what you are doing when attempting to canter. As you state, you are tensing up.

When you first began riding, you succeeded without the need to learn certain things which make riding easier. Specifically, balance and relaxation.

You should practice releasing all unnecessary tension in your muscles as you balance and follow the movements of your horse while the horse is moving at gaits you find comfortable (easy). Rather than “trying” to follow the movements of the horse, “allow” your body to follow these movements. Feel how the movements of the horse are moving your body as you maintain your center of balance over your horse’s center of balance. Feel how you are becoming one with your horse.

Once you are one with your horse you have nothing to worry about unless something happens to the horse itself.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-20-2018, 10:37 AM
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I just wrote a very long response. Then the power at my school went out because of this awful weather and the wifi turned off. My response is now gone and I don't have the time or patience to rewrite it. You have plenty of other responses so good luck :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-20-2018, 12:32 PM
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First off the fact that you are already cantering is impressive-second you need to give yourself a bit of break. You just started riding! those types of issues can even happen to the most experienced riders. From the info you are posting, I am wondering if the horse you are riding is actually even beginner worthy. Not having a horse who can assist you this early on in your riding career is really important but it sounds like you are so busy trying to manage that horse, that it's not giving you a chance to learn the basics.
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