How Do I Keep Breathing When I Canter?

Hey Riding Superstars! Today we have one of our most popular FearLESS Friday TV Throwback! How Do I Keep Breathing When I Canter?

If you get a little bit scared about cantering and a little bit unsure and you hold your breath, that’s not going to be good for anyone. And the horse is going to sense that and feel that and get taut and you’re going to get taut. Let’s face it, if you don’t breathe, you’re going to fall off because you need oxygen.

If you’ve done any kind of meditation, any kind of yoga class, you’ll know that you can breathe on a count. So you need to take that breathing into a count on your horse. Even in the walk, I want you to breathe in for one, two. It’s really hard to breathe in and talk at the same time.

 

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​​Hey fellow superstars, and welcome to FearLESS Friday. Today we’re going to answer the question, “How do you keep breathing when you canter?”

Okay, so if you get a little bit scared about cantering and a little bit unsure and you hold your breath, that’s not going to be good for anyone. And the horse is going to sense that and feel that and get taut and you’re going to get taut. Let’s face it, if you don’t breathe, you’re going to fall off because you need oxygen.

If you’ve done any kind of meditation, any kind of yoga class, you’ll know that you can breathe on a count. So you need to take that breathing into a count on your horse. Even in the walk, I want you to breathe in for one, two. It’s really hard to breathe in and talk at the same time. So breathe in, one, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four. And then you’re going to take that into the canter. You’re going to start… Oh, sorry guys. I haven’t ridden this horse for a very long time and he has no buttons anymore.

Thank you. Okay, so you’re going to breathe in, one, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four. Breathe in, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four. You are going to probably come into canter from the trot, so you’re going to breathe in, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four. Breathe in, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four.

And canter in three, four. Out, two, three, four. Breathe in, two, three, four. Breathe out two, three, four. Breathe in, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four.

Trot in three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four. Breathe in, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four.

And canter, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four. Breathe in, two, three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four.

And trot, in three, four. Breathe out, two, three, four, and walk.

That does two things. It gives your brain something to think about because I don’t know if you’re like me, but counting and riding is really hard. So it gives you a rhythm. It gives you something to focus on. It gives your brain something else to do rather than make up stories about how you’re going to die and how you could fall off and how he could get hurt.

So try that exercise. I think it’s going to be really, really useful to help you feel centered. Obviously, stay keep breathing and getting oxygen. You don’t need to do four, you can breathe in to six and breathe out to six or whatever’s going to feel comfortable for you.

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