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post #21 of 40 Old 11-14-2015, 08:13 PM
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I kind of turn really sassy when it comes to cantering.

I always soak up so much adrenaline, and instead of letting it become fear it becomes determination. I WILL get my leg down, I WILL up straight. I WILL stay with his movement, I WILL not throw away contact. I WON'T back down, I WON'T let him give up.

And by the end, I'm craving more.
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Another thing to think about..My trainer has started getting people riding Western to hold the BACK of the saddle while working on the lope. By reaching your outside hand behind you, it stops you leaning forward and tipping to the inside..
My instructor had me do that at first. Didn't work for me (this was on the 1st try), so she had me grab mane. I'll try that hand on the back thing again, when I get there....
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I kind of turn really sassy when it comes to cantering.

I always soak up so much adrenaline, and instead of letting it become fear it becomes determination. I WILL get my leg down, I WILL up straight. I WILL stay with his movement, I WILL not throw away contact. I WON'T back down, I WON'T let him give up.

And by the end, I'm craving more.
Oh....now, I LIKE this. Very good inspiration...appeals to my Scorpio nature, lol Putting this into my "remember this" file also, thanks!
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Oh....now, I LIKE this. Very good inspiration...appeals to my Scorpio nature, lol Putting this into my "remember this" file also, thanks!
Seriously though, fear is what you decide to do with adrenaline. I've tried the holding onto saddle, lunging, pushing my reins forward, etc.

The only thing that made me do it, was to own it. That is also how I stick to the saddle. I will do everything, even hang like a monkey on my horse, before I fall off.

You have to kick your OWN butt into gear, tell yourself that you can do this. Even if it doesn't look pretty, it'll get there in time.
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Seriously though, fear is what you decide to do with adrenaline. I've tried the holding onto saddle, lunging, pushing my reins forward, etc.

The only thing that made me do it, was to own it. That is also how I stick to the saddle. I will do everything, even hang like a monkey on my horse, before I fall off.

You have to kick your OWN butt into gear, tell yourself that you can do this. Even if it doesn't look pretty, it'll get there in time.
Yes, yes and yes. "Own it", to this I can relate...& do...again.

Thank you.
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Seriously though, fear is what you decide to do with adrenaline. I've tried the holding onto saddle, lunging, pushing my reins forward, etc.

The only thing that made me do it, was to own it. That is also how I stick to the saddle. I will do everything, even hang like a monkey on my horse, before I fall off.

You have to kick your OWN butt into gear, tell yourself that you can do this. Even if it doesn't look pretty, it'll get there in time.
As an aside, this is me on the Miss B. I was confident, I was trotting well, she was happy...


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Another aside pic; I know I didn't "open the gate" right w/my arm, but I was being gentle & used my body/leg for the turn:

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It's going to be a little different since you're in a curb bit, you would want to use more leg than hand either way
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It's going to be a little different since you're in a curb bit, you would want to use more leg than hand either way
That's exactly one of the many things my instructor was/is teaching me with this horse. She's mouth sensitive, was trained English. So, legs, body...ride with my body, not my hands (or my brain...many times I heard "Stop THINKING, FEEL!").

I don't know why Miss B is in a curb bit, I'm a long ways away from figuring out that kind of thing. My instructor lent me a book once, at my request, warning me that it was complicated & probably far beyond me...she was right!

I trust my instructor; believe me, she's a gem (have already seen, in the past 11 years, what else is "out there"), am fortunate to have found this woman.

Onward & upward, I'm not done yet
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Oh, I've been there!

Was in a really bad accident about 11 years ago as well. Turned me off horses for quite a few years. A couple years back I got back into riding. I found a lovely barn that specializes in working with adults who have had their riding confidence squashed.

Now, I am just starting to canter again (still very nervous!) but it has been two years since I've been back in the saddle. My first downside is that I have a tendency to tip forwards (which throws my balance off) before asking for the canter. So, when my mare gets a few strides in, I have to slow her down because I was flopping around and felt like I was going to fall off.

So, what ended up helping me was thinking that I have to lean back, sit back onto my seat bones, take a deep breath and cue my girl to go! Plus, I use Sky's method of OWNING it.
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