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  1. General Riding queries
    Hi there, I'm an adult beginner. Just wonder for others how long did you wait before learning to canter, or how long do you think people should wait? I've heard mixed things from instructors. I've had one instructor tell me I should work on trotting and control for a year before cantering. And I...
  2. Horse Riding Critique
    Hi all, I had my first canter a couple of days ago. I ended up loosing my stirrups and hanging over the side of the horse before I could pull myself back on when we slowed. I tried again after that and again, lost my stirrups and fell off the horse (I did get straight back on though). I have...
  3. General Riding queries
    Im not exactly a new rider but I am a beginner. I got into horses kind of late - at 25. I take lessons whenever I can but I can only do it in the summer and the winter. I’m very afraid of cantering when the horse starts going a little faster I freak out and make him stop. Has anyone had this...
  4. General Riding queries
    As the title says; I cantered for the first time yesterday!!!! It was sloppy and my stirrups were too long but I did it! I’m so happy! :) The actual canter wasn’t NEAR as scary as I thought it’d be (when I actually somewhat know what I’m doing haha). Now I understand those people who say canter...
  5. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hello! I ride Western and I have pretty basic riding experience; direct and neck reining, leg cues, walk, trot etc. I’ve been taking lessons off and on depending on my schedule and feel nice and confident in them. The next step in training is the canter. I’ve done it a few times but haven’t...
  6. General Riding queries
    Hello all! I've recently started working much more on my cantering, and I've noticed a few problems with myself. Before I explain, however, I'm going to mention a few things about my riding personally and the horse I'm currently riding on. Joey (the lesson horse I'm riding) recently got shod on...
  7. General Riding queries
    I started to ride some 2 years ago in A riding school and have kept going there once a week. My coach there ALWAYS uses the longe (rope) connecting , controlling the horse when I am riding. And finally, sometimes let me ride the horse by myself after I have attended over 80 classes (40 mins each...
  8. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    Hi! I'm able to get the canter on all the lesson horses but one, and it's because I can't get my butt to sit deep in the saddle to ask. He's a bumpy ride, sue me. I can do sitting trot fairly well, but for whatever reason when it comes time to ask this specific horse to canter, I just can't sit...
  9. General Riding queries
    I have been on 3 trail rides now and can walk, steer and stop confidently. I can post trot without holding onto the saddle fairly well but i have a little trouble dropping back into the saddle softly and smoothly. Wondering how long it has taken you to trot, canter and jump?
  10. General Riding queries
    I've been riding for roughly a year, but took up English riding just 4 months ago after giving western a shot. When I was riding at my western barn, I had the walk with steering down, and the trot down, and started to perfect the canter. After switching to English, I found my instructor bringing...
  11. General Riding queries
    Hi! I have been riding for 12 months total, group lesson only, 1 hour a week. I have been cantering 4 months after starting riding, and currently I'm doing jumps at a trot. Every time I come to my lesson, I get a different horse. Every horse seems to have their own problems and because of this...
  12. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    So I started riding from the ages of 8-13 and I loved it but stopped because I just grew out of it. I’m now 20 and have recently taken it back up, and have completely fallen in love with it again! However I am having a lot of trouble with cantering. I just get really uncomfortable and feel like...
  13. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey folks! So I have an all around gelding that does just about everything perfectly, except for a flying change! He will do simple changes with just a single trot stride easily. His lateral work is amazing, half passing at the all gaits, sidepasses, turn on the haunches and turn on the...
  14. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    My mare is an 18-year-old who I bought about a year and a half ago, very well-behaved and generally quiet but willing to work. She has been used for hunt chase by her previous owners and I'm pretty sure she's done hunt chase most of her life based on her behaviour. She's an angel at walk and...
  15. Horse Videos
    Hey guys, just another cold spring morning training I wanted to share with you, hope you enjoy. :pinkunicorn:
  16. General Riding queries
    I have been riding the same horse at my riding school for the past 6 months. He is a 9 years old gelding and an ex race horse (retired last year Oct). He is really a sweet guy, never bites, and behaves well when being tacked. At the end of Nov I will be having a dressage test, but I don’t have...
  17. General Riding queries
    My horse is called Ziggy for a reason-- he likes to go fast. He's a good horse, and sensitive to leg cues. He does take quite a bit of effort on the reins to slow down and stop, which we are working on. I've been riding him in a halter/bitless bridle sort of thing and he does just as well in it...
  18. General Riding queries
    Hello Everyone! Quick backstory: I've been riding for just under a year now, I'm 23, male and 6ft 4 (This sounds more like a dating advert than asking for advice) so I'm a fairly big lad but I'm really struggling to maintain my stirrups and sometimes balance the canter. This is especially...
  19. Dressage
    I haven't been here for a while, but I'd like to get anyone's advice on the following problem I'm having: (sorry, this turned out to be rather long) My 9 year old Morgan is really having issues at the canter. He tends to be a tense, hollow-backed horse but over years of dressage work, he's...
  20. Lessons, Trainers, Schools, Clubs, Clinics
    Hi, my coach is currently on vacation so i figured i would post here to try and get some help. I have a 6yo tb x percheron, we have been having a hard time cantering because i am a begginer and am just not great at canter. My coach started riding him and put in about two weeks on him before he...
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