View Full Version : Second Time Cantering: Much Better!!
22nd Nov 2000, 01:37 AM
Thank you all so much for your advice. In my lesson today, we trotted a little at first, then my instructor told me to ask for canter. Well, I thought canter like one of you said and I did!! I think before I was so worried about getting the horse to canter, that I was just trying to hard. We canter a little outside the arena, then we went in so I could practice turning corners. In one corner, my instructor said this time I could keep going around the turn if I felt comfortable. I did, and the canter just felt so wonderful!! I cantered around the whole arena. I know this my not sound like a big deal, but it was a major stepping stone for me. My instructor couldn't believe the change in me from my last lesson. I know every lesson won't be like this, but this was definetly a lesson to remember. Thank you all so much for your advice!!:):):)
22nd Nov 2000, 01:35 PM
I followed your first thread with interest as I am in the same boat just now. I had a lesson last night and actually managed to get a nice canter by placing my outside leg behind the girth and to my amazement it worked. It was a big deal to me and I couldn't keep the smile off my face.
I think I am also trying too hard although the pony I was riding is very flighty and she is quite hard to keep at a steady trot. I also need to work on my steering and not bouncing in sitting trot.
There is so much to think about but I think practice makes perfect.
24th Nov 2000, 06:32 PM
Me too!! Tried cantering during a previous lesson but bounced too much and was not well balanced. Yesterday, had several goes, cantering for several strides then back to trot. As soon as I remembered to wrap my legs aroung the horse, my posture seemed to improve, the bouncing feeling went and I felt so much more secure. Like you, I went home with a big smile on my face! Can't wait to go again!!!
Old Grey Mare
26th Nov 2000, 04:32 AM
Yaaaaahhhoooo...yes, a technical term for those times when riding feels like you always imagined it would! Luv2ride, I am soo happy for you!
Tomorrow I'm back to my weekly lessons (had to skip a week due to scheduling conflicts) and I am nervous all over again. Funny how that happens. My husband laughs and says I always do this, then look confident in the saddle. Hey, sometimes looks DO fool everyone.
Anyway, tell you all if my cantering still manages to be smooth sailing after tomorrow!
26th Nov 2000, 04:39 PM
I am in my 50 and just bought a horse and I am taking lessons, I have been trotting and only have cantored on the lunge line with my instructor. I didn't have a good enough seat and bounced around. I am nervous about trying it too and will feel like I have reached a big goal when I accomplish it. I have been on trail rides and I am enjoying my new horse. I was a nervous rider as my first horse that i bought had bucked me off and was to green for me so I had to sell him for a older quieter horse. finally have the perfect horse for me. Pat
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