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How long did it take for you to feel comfortable in the canter?

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I've been cantering for about 1.5 months and I sometimes still feel off balance. For example, I'll ask for canter and feel super stable/balanced and then I'll think about something else [turn left/right, give more pressure, etc.] which will "throw me off" a bit and I will feel off-balance. I'm not near falling off but I can generally feel in my seat that I'm not stable!

I was wondering how long it took practicing canter to feel generally stable in your seat and to give aids without "throwing you off".

I know everyone learns in a different amount of time but was hoping to get some examples from people! :)

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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…
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