Cant balance in canter

Its.Mia

New Member
May 1, 2021
1
0
1
I am a beginner that has just started to learn canter. I am finding it very difficult to not bounce around even though the horse I ride has a very smooth canter. I was cantering on the lunge with no hands today and I lost my balance and my foot slipped and I accidentally kicked him in a sensitive spot! He panicked and I fell off him. I didn’t hurt myself at all but I felt really bad and don’t have much confidence in cantering. I’m fine on walk and trot but I seem to lose all of it as soon as I go in to canter! My horse only dies short bursts of cantering anyway. Any suggestions on how to improve my balance.
Srry for the long post
 

Jessey

Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2004
24,317
14,728
113
40
Suffolk, UK
Aw that sounds like you had really bad luck today, but tomorrow is a new day.
Most problems bouncing in canter are from tension, when you’re to stiff you tend to just bounce around on top rather than moving with the horse. A good trick for relaxing is to sing or hum, sounds mad but it forces you to keep breathing and forces your diaphragm to work and your muscles to relax, even when you don’t feel it.
 

chunky monkey

Well-Known Member
May 2, 2007
6,873
5,074
113
Keep practicing. I find cantering most difficult on the bends, so on the lunge would be a stuggle. I find it easier on the straight. So maybe set yourself a goal of asking the horse to canter as you come off the bend. Canter the straight and ask for the walk before going to the other end of the school.

It all comes very quickly but set yourself up in the bend, for those few strides. Sit up, look forward not down on the horses neck, that will unbalance you. Try to keep relaxed and dont grip.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jessey

Doodle92

Well-Known Member
Apr 6, 2021
777
593
93
I agree. I have “taught” (I’m not an instructor) to canter in the corner and down the long side and trot again in the corner.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jessey
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
minihorse ****Cant get a balance (fat thin)*** Horse Care 1
Orimi CANT GET HORSE INTO CORNERS First Timers 11
horseandgoatmom Perfect spot for the ring woo hoo cant wait Cafe 7
Cremola Foam cant win them all! Competing 5
nat17 Bond that cant be broken - sad Cafe 9
nat17 Mike - SJP1 cant post Forum Technical Help & Site News 1
N 50p, Now We cant have that can we? Cafe 3
T What do you do when cant sleep? Cafe 16
nat17 Cant watch or Yea Hah..? Cafe 15
P Unlucky and cant be bothered Cafe 3
T I cant believe it is so hard to get a rug Horse Care 3
Ale Cant quite believe we scored 70%! We came 5th!!! Competing 25
T Cant get ring off finger Cafe 8
N No You Cant Load Into That Cafe 14
mystiquemalaika cant sleep! Cafe 25
Cortrasna Well, I cant believe I am posting this but... Hoof Care 12
P Cant get out for a hack Cafe 1
P Why cant i get quiet hack these days Cafe 1
liz_scarlet Should wait till tomorrow but cant hold it in lol *old pics* Cafe 14
N No Wonder People Cant Afford Horses Cafe 54
Dizzy Woo Cant ride!! Confidence Club 26
P cant get out Hacking 3
WeeBarraxO i cant believe this is happening :'( Cafe 17
MistyGal Pavalova! Help I cant cook! Cafe 11
Dizzy Woo Im so excited and i just cant hide it Cafe 10
cassiebird Cant believe what i was seeing.... Cafe 23
cassiebird Cant stop smiling.....silly old fool...... Confidence Club 5
C Why cant i reply to thread? Cafe 6
ladyluxor Ok.... i cant work it out Horse Care 5
L Cant seem to find a loan horse Cafe 22
S Why cant I find a lightweight Horse Care 10
cobmum Horse rescued from a cattle market - Cant remember NR name!! Cafe 11
Mollymoo26 I cant find the next step horse arghhh Cafe 2
holly&mickey Cant contain my excitement any longer!! Cafe 22
A why cant people get along Cafe 27
juliecwuk cant have laser treatment! grrr Cafe 9
juliecwuk why cant people be honest! Cafe 3
poohsmate You cant leave anything lying around!!! Cafe 7
Mollymoo26 Cant find a descent Sharer Cafe 30
E HELP - cant find any hay to buy in Essex Cafe 9
Cortrasna Cant believe what Ive just done Cafe 12
S who cant wait to bath Cafe 20
Cortrasna Mum's dying and cant get to her.. Cafe 47
L those of you who cant get to your horses Cafe 4
annareeves0 Cant find my dr said I was obese thread???? Cafe 11
R Cant believe I'm doing this, but sadly - How much ? Cafe 16
C Cant belive hunters are going up.... AGAIN!!! Any other beddings? Horse Care 6
noodle cant stop crying-Rosie update Cafe 79
P Paying for a share horse that cant be ridden Cafe 40
ladiva why cant i get them going?!?! First Timers 17

Similar threads

newrider.com