Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Centrifugal force definitely does not help when trying to canter. Not only is cantering circles more difficult for horses because they have to keep themselves balanced AND you whilst on their back... but straight cantering doesn't typically demand for one lead over the other so it's less "correcting" and more "riding" (until you near a corner, then lead kind of matters)
I prefer straight away cantering everytime
I haven't been able to get on here to reply, but have read. Yes, the centrifugal force in a circle on the lunge line very much got me...fast. All that fast spinning didn't help the fear issue at all(especially, I guess, since I was spinning when I crashed, in an attempt to get control of the spooked horse's feet [I knew his mind was gone, way out of any control of mine, & at the time I had no idea of how to comfort or control him. Should NOT have been on that horse. No one's "fault"]). I can still see that "spin" in my head", I'm amazed that on 2nd try I got in 9 strides.
A straight line, a little bit at a time, is for sure the way for me to go. Miss B is not the horse to do it on, however. The horse will be there, when winter is over...& I have had time to study.
I have Sally Swift's "Centered Riding" book. Although read it a couple of times, never actually studied. At work this week had the time to really study, take some concise notes.
With that, I have the idea (now that I have more than one day off to think about it), am thinking of putting my exercise ball (a large one, bought specifically to try & mimic horseback width as possible) on a big bucket (edges protected by a rag rug, something stuffed inside the bucket to absorb downward pressure), so my feet can't touch the floor, & practice the first exercises described in the book. Achieving balance/seat is the goal.
My seat has much improved, but am so little actually on a horse, that I thought this may be beneficial, since good with imaging things & incorporating those images into my body (which also takes repetition, of course).
Hoping to get some mind/body connection & body memory going on, even without the horse to be on.
Ya know, I really do think I need to do "I'm not done yet, Onward & Upward as a signature, lol, because I certainly say it to myself often enough!