Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Panama being bad

Yesterday during my lesson, Panama was pretty "up." He kept trying to go faster — as soon as I adjusted the reins, he'd start trotting, and at a certain spot in the arena, he kept trying to sneak a canter in (which is strange because I've never asked for a canter there)! My trainer got a little video of it one time. Notice his tail going up as he starts to canter! Excited but hesitant — hopeful, perhaps — is what the body language says to me. He knew I wasn't asking for the canter, but he was trying it anyway, in hopes that I'd let him!

I know I look a little awkward and stiff when he starts cantering; I was trying to sit back for a decent halt, and I don't have enough practice at the canter yet to sit it gracefully. But I wasn't unbalanced at all, and I was able to slow him down before we rounded the turn, so I'm going to consider it a win!

The title is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, by the way. I am well aware that if this is Panama's worst behavior, I am darn lucky!



At April 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a little sweetie, he is! You guys look good, just relax and sink into your stirrups (without bracing- that's the hard part!) and all will be well. A little canter is good for the soul (of human or equine!).

At April 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kate! Sinking down and not bracing is definitely what I need to work on. My trainer says I'm handling it well when he canters unexpectedly, though, and I've noticed it's not making me feel unbalanced, so I think I'm more than ready to start working on the canter a little more... When I'm the one making the decision, that is!

At April 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM, Blogger Sydney said...

A canter is a cure for all evils.

At April 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Sydney, not with my boy -- it's just an invitation for more bad behavior! LOL The problem is that he simply doesn't get tired, so you can't wear him down to convince him to start behaving. I think his calling is probably endurance -- I just don't think that's my calling!

At April 28, 2010 at 9:19 PM, Blogger Leslie Wenstrom said...

The part where he doesn't get worn out, that's the Arab in him :)

At April 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Leslie, that's what people keep telling me! ;o) I must be a glutton for punishment, because it's one of the things I love about him.


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