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post #1 of 6 Old 01-11-2020, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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How do y’all feel about waiting

I have been cantering for some time now and now all of a sudden they don’t let me canter. I think it may be because I have a big walk trot show coming up. Is it just me or is this unfair.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-11-2020, 12:47 PM
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I don't know why they aren't letting you canter more.

I'd ask instead of wondering.

Left to my own wondering, I can end up feeling picked on, imagine people like me less than they do others, end up acting hurt and grouchy, and making no one want to be around me. Which makes me really hurt and grouchy.

But that's me
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-11-2020, 01:22 PM
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I think we are a little short on information here.
How long have you been riding? Is this a lesson Horse? I would ask why. They (whoever They are) should at least tell you that.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-12-2020, 01:28 PM
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I agree more info is necessary. Instructors typically have their reasons for what they do and best is to ask. It save hurt feelings or paranoia about the why. I would guess that this is a lesson horse and you are going into a walk trot class so that is what you need to focus on.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-12-2020, 09:44 PM
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I would ask your instructor! They usually aren't out to get you. ;)

However, if you do have a walk/trot show coming up I could see why your instructor would want to solidify you in those gaits that you will be showing in. I know I would personally want to practice my equitation at those gaits.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-12-2020, 10:06 PM
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I've been riding for nearly ten years, total, now and some days I'm not even sure they should let me canter either.

It could be the show, or it could be that there are things they want to fix in your walk and trot work before you go back up to canter again. Or have you changed lesson horses recently? Some may be more difficult to canter than others.

There's no need to guess and to make upsetting assumptions. The best way to find out is just to politely ask, when you have a moment, after one of your lessons. Just be open to constructive criticism. If there's anything that DOES need work, that's actually a good thing, because it means it will make you a better, stronger rider in the long run!
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