it took me a couple months to be super conforatble with it. Just keep practicing and you'll get it! Good Luck!
I'll talk to my instructor about more stirrup-less work and see what she says - thank you!Practicing your trot without stirrups -- both rising and sitting -- will go a very long way towards helping your canter seat without you actually having to be in the midst of the chaos of the canter itself. It helps develop the right muscles, and also helps give you better feel and muscle memory. Whenever my canter seat starts to feel sloppy or out of sync, I know I need to get back to practicing my stirrup-less trot!
A lot of things in riding haven't come easy/naturally to me at all. You're definitely not a downer by saying it took you a while longer than others! I'm glad to hear it doesn't come easily to everyone but with hard work and persistence it'll be figured out.I don’t want to be a downer but it took me seven years to be fully and completely comfortable in canter. Only in the last year or so do I not even think about canter as an EVENT. I am still amazed that I even got here - I am a very nervous rider and very untalented. I look at kids that started at the same time as I did (now almost adults) and they are competing and doing all sorts of things I doubt I ever will - so most people are much better than me…
I ride two to three times a week and I ride a lesson horse.1.5 months isn't that long. How often do you ride, and do you ride your own horse or a lesson horse?
I've been cantering for a few years, but until I got my own horse a year ago, I had lessons once a month to once a week. I'm still not entirely comfortable in the canter (not helped by the fact that my horse half bucks into it), but I haven't cantered very much because every time my horse is almost fit enough to canter, she goes lame.I ride two to three times a week and I ride a lesson horse.
I know 1.5 months isn't that long - I was just trying to see other people's experiences with cantering and how long it took to feel comfortable doing it.
Any tips/stories though would be appreciate of course.
I've been cantering for a few years, but until I got my own horse a year ago, I had lessons once a month to once a week. I'm still not entirely comfortable in the canter (not helped by the fact that my horse half bucks into it), but I haven't cantered very much because every time my horse is almost fit enough to canter, she goes lame.
But I think if you're riding that often, you should progress pretty fast. Another factor that could effect it is the horse you ride - horse's canters can vary a lot, and some are much easier to ride than others.
I ride two to three different lesson horses (sometimes one more consistently than the others) and it's SO true that it depends on the horses' canter and how smooth it is. One of the horses I ride has a super smooth canter that almost FORCES me not to bounce and the other two are a LOT more bouncy and that's when I feel most out of control! lolHonestly, yeah... it's hard to say how long it takes to get comfortable with the canter because there are sooooo many degrees.
I'm comfortable cantering my personal horse... but I've been riding her for seven years, and her canter isn't particularly difficult. Even then, it took me about three years of consistently riding her (as a rusty adult re-rider) to get most of the unintended bounce out of my seat. Most of it. If I'm having a tense day, I can have difficulty sitting her canter, to this day. When I first started riding in my teens, I always rode canter in two point, so it was easier to adapt to differences in canter. These days I almost always sit the canter, but if anything doesn't quite line up for me on a given day, I can end up bouncing.
Some horses I can get on and feel fine cantering them during my first ride with them... and others feel like an out of control carnival ride. Every horse's canter is very different! It's normal to have some difficulty in the beginning of learning.... and the middle, haha... and then there's never an "end"....
Totally true that when you're THINKING about the canter something ends up going wrong with balance/stability lol and then when you're focusing on something else (like a jump) the canter feels super smooth.I'll be honest, I've been riding for 28 years, and the only time I'm ever wholly comfortable in canter is if there are jumps in the equation and I can't overthink it. If I'm focused on my next fence and keeping my horse balanced and ready for it, I don't think about the canter itself, I don't micromanage my poor saint of a horse into oblivion, I can let her roll along without jamming us both up, and it's smooth and comfortable.
On the flat, I focus too hard on is she round enough, is she flexed the right way, is she forward enough/too forward, why are my circles egg shaped (spoiler: it's my fault, my horse is very educated and has no difficulty with basic schooling figures), why is she cantering haunches-in I'm asking for shoulder fore (spoiler: I'm always asking for haunches-in), what is rhythm, why is she all jammed up (spoiler: I'm jamming her up), why can't I ride????? It's a whole thing and it frustrates us both to no end.
From a coaching perspective when I'm teaching somebody to canter I usually put them on a horse that only has one canter speed and let them roll along and get a feel for it. It's easier to find your rhythm if you aren't affecting the horse's stride at all. I really like the round pen for this because the rider doesn't have to think about steering or running into anything, they can just focus on themself. Sometimes it's easier in a half seat so you can get a feel for the movement without bouncing around.