Hey everyone! YAY! Throwback Thursday is back and BETTER! I have been so excited for this post because this throwback really holds a special place in my heart. Now, sit back, relax and let me tell you about the time when I cantered for the first time. As a young girl I felt like I had accomplished the world, but I won’t spoil the story, so let’s get into it!
About 5 years ago, I cantered for the first time and let me tell you it was pretty AMAZING! I had just settled into a new barn that I was taking lessons at and I was working on completing the canter. Previously, I hadn’t cantered because I was too young and hadn’t learned enough yet to be prepared to efficiently (and smoothly haha) make my way into the canter. I had loved taking lessons as a young girl and I was so excited to be learning how to canter because I felt like I had come a long way in my riding. It is so inspiring and motivating to see your improvements and progress at work! At the stable I was riding at, I had ridden the same horse every lesson. He was a middle-aged quarter horse, Palomino.
Now, I wasn’t only excited, but I was quite nervous to canter for the first time. So for a couple lessons, I wasn’t able to get into the canter and it wasn’t because of the horse, but because of me. I needed to tell myself to get over my fear and to just go for it. So after a few times of trying, I remember the day that I finally pushed the horse into a canter. It was so smooth and I remember feeling like I was on a rocking horse.
Then, after I had first cantered, I got over my fear and I haven’t stopped since. Cantering makes you feel like you are on top of the world! I remember a time in the summer when my friend and I used to go on long trail rides everyday. Cantering in an open field is so much fun! Once I learned how to canter, I could do so much more in my riding and develop my skills not only at the walk and trot, but at the canter as well. Cantering gave me more confidence and helped me to step out of my box. I have included a link to a short video I created of me riding a horse I ride, named Kahari. It is a short clip of us cantering. Make sure to check it out!
Now, if you are new to riding a horse or have been riding for years, you can develop your canter in many ways from trot-canter transitions, developing a good seat, having a soft touch with the reins, learning how to accomplish the collected canter, and much more. If I was to give someone new to riding advice on the canter, I would tell them to just go for it and to not be scared because, honestly, when I realized how smooth and amazing the canter felt, I really had nothing to be scared about. I would suggest taking a couple riding lessons as well to get feedback from an outsider’s perspective. Hey, who knows, maybe I will make a post out of all this information??? (insert wink wink emojii)
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the second official TBT post and I hope you look forward to the many more to come! Until next time… don’t forget to hug your horse!