Monday, April 11, 2011

Conquering the canter?

It's a little shaky (and I'm not talking about the footage), but here it is. Canter transitions, lots of'em, in both directions. Again, it felt like I was flying but when I see the video I realize how much work there is to do. First order of business is to stabilize my hands.


  1. Looks great. Nice transitions. Your hands look quite good at times, so it shouldn't be too hard for you to fix the times when they aren't so quiet.

  2. He looks like he's very forward-thinking and willing to do the transitions nicely with little fuss. For a young horse whose natural tendency is more toward laziness, that's the fundamentals down awfully well!

    I would say you're way too hard on yourself except that I think being extra tough on oneself can help motivate improvement. As long as you're still enjoying it, because you are improving and look great!

  3. I think you look terrific! Agree with Carol - there are good moments with hands, and those will get longer and longer. I love how Riley moves for you.

  4. Your hands look better than in the video you posted the other day! Keep up the good work! BTW I envy your large indoor arena! The indoor where I board is too small to do any serious canter work (except maybe with small horses!)

  5. Don't be so hard on yourself! You look great and his transitions are really nice!

    I think you should let her rip and go large for a couple circuits. It will give you both confidence and get him rolling underneath you.

  6. Mostly, what I see are "baby horse" balance issues. No big deal. You are riding really well.

    I think if Riley would get a little steadier on the outside rein, you'd have the transitions conquered. They are nice and prompt, and forward, so that's really good too.

    Well done.

  7. I think you look amazingly balanced and composed on a young horse still figuring out his place in space. I don't ride at that level, so have no comments, but you look GREAT to me!

    Not to mention brave for posting a video!


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