Friday, July 25, 2008

Cantering on my horse for the first time (intentionally)

Yesterday during my session with my trainer, I cantered on Panama for the first time — intentionally, that is. (He has picked up a canter without my permission a few times when he's goosed about something. The first couple of times I fell off, so I've been a little nervous about it ever since.)

It went okay, for my first time. We cantered twice — the first time for a really short stretch. The second time Panama kind of lost his head — he picked up the wrong lead, went into too fast a canter, and wouldn't slow to a trot when I asked him to. We made several laps around the back part of the pasture before he finally responded to my requests to slow down.

The good news is that I didn't fall off. I felt rather precarious — especially because it was so bouncy, which my trainer said was because he picked up the wrong lead — but I stayed balanced and stayed in my seat. My biggest problem was feeling like I was being rocked too far forward, which Leslie said was because I was putting my weight into my toes, instead of keeping my heels down as I should have been.

In any case, I am really excited to have finally progressed to this point. Even if it wasn't the most graceful first canter on Panama, I've verified that I can canter on him without falling off (even when he's running pell-mell!). From here it can only get better!

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At July 26, 2008 at 8:01 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Congratulations. You are right, it will get better. I'll be taking lessons at the canter next week myself. I have cantered on both my horses, but it took years before I felt totally comfortable with it.

 
At July 27, 2008 at 3:06 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Nuzzling Muzzles,

Love the name! :o) It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one who is not comfortable with cantering at first. I can't remember feeling so uncertain at the canter when I learned to ride as a kid -- funny how I was more comfortable with my body at 12 and 13 than I am at 28.

Thanks so much for reading my blog -- I hope you'll be back!

 

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