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Posted 10/3/2013 10:13:42 PM
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Okay so I don't have any pictures, but I think it's rather a confidence/procedure thing that could be answered in words.

Willy is a passive/aggressive warmblood with a huuugeee stride! His canter is SUPER BIG and fast, and since he's stubborn its hard to bring him back down to a trot. So, since I'm still not used to the explosive nature of his canter, I feel very nervous and out-of-control while cantering him, and bringing him back down I begin to panic; sometimes even throwing myself forward. Obviously that's not good; I already fell off because of it xD but does anyone have any advice on how to stay balanced during a powerful, fast canter and the downward transition? I'm going to also look into a lunge line lesson.

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I've never been a huge fan of lunge line lessons, just because I think it's actually harder to balance when you're on a tight circle. I had a similar problem cantering, I was nervous and leaned forward, which naturally made the ponies go faster. While it IS about being nervous, it's also about strength. If you don't have enough core strength to hold yourself up and back, you're not going to be able to feel confident. So when I ride I have to think really hard about making my muscles to the right thing, and I've been doing some planks and stuff outside of riding, which has helped a lot




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Lunge line lessons help a LOT!



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I've never been a huge fan of lunge line lessons, just because I think it's actually harder to balance when you're on a tight circle. I had a similar problem cantering, I was nervous and leaned forward, which naturally made the ponies go faster. While it IS about being nervous, it's also about strength. If you don't have enough core strength to hold yourself up and back, you're not going to be able to feel confident. So when I ride I have to think really hard about making my muscles to the right thing, and I've been doing some planks and stuff outside of riding, which has helped a lot


Your core strength has a lot to do with it and I know because I have the same problem
and if your horse has a fast canter and you want to slow him down I usually just dig
my heels in and give a few half halts.
Hope this helps.


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I'll bet you $10 if you just let go of his face and focus on riding the rhythm of the canter instead of AHHH I'M GOING TO FALL, he'll slow down.

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Hello . I have always loved Warmblood horses and the way they move is amazing . It can take some time to get used to if your not ready for such a huge gaited horse. Here are a few things you could try if you haven’t already .

Before getting on him take him out for a bit on the lunge line .See what type of mood has in or how he’s feeling towards the different gaits you want him to do. Make him work for a while before getting on him .This way he will know what’s coming and will be already focused on what he is being asked to do.

You could also have a more experienced rider get on him . Have them try settling him down and try to collect his gait more and possibly make smaller . A more experienced rider could give you great advice after riding and knowing how he moves . This could help you understand how to keep your seat and see what he’s doing from another perspective .

Maintaining a good seat may also help. I have had experience doing stair exercises that really help strengthen your thighs and legs . This will help you to be able to give him legs cues and keep your seat . Exercise ball works great as well helps develop your core strength and you’ll be less likely to flop forward .

There are so many different things you can try . Another option would be just before you feel like he’s getting too fast or your getting nervous slow him back down. Go into a gait or pace you feel comfortable with . This way he is not focused on going fast or you getting thrown forward . You are in charge . You and your horse need to be on the same page so you both can enjoy each other.

Remember, you are riding a big breed of horse and he’s used to being big gaited .

It’s your job to collect him and show him your not riding me I’m riding you and really use your seat more then anything to make that clear .

Here are some videos that I hope are helpful .

The lady in these videos is amazing at what she does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgm6cRZxi90

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6WDvyVqWp8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2h-LArROZM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2h-LArROZM

If this is helpful, please let me know using this forum. I hope you become more comfortable with your horse so you can enjoy him more.

All the best,

Shawney

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