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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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1.5 months isn't that long. How often do you ride, and do you ride your own horse or a lesson horse?
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.
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