How Do I Transition Into Canter Without Feeling Scared?

Hey Riding Superstars! Today we have one of our most popular FearLESS Friday TV Throwback! How Do I Transition Into Canter Without Feeling Scared?

There’s nothing to fear, then, because you know when it’s happening. Nothing gets faster. And also, if you’re not confident in your sitting trot, and your trot gets faster, you then bounce, which then makes you feel that you’re going to fall off, which then makes you not want to do the transition into canter because of that fast trot.

The second thing is, if you’re scared of canter, there is no harm in going: Three, two, one, pop. And having that support on the saddle, if you’re scared your horse is going to do a little bit of a leap, a little bit of a jump, a little bit of a pig root, whatever it is, you can then anchor yourself back.

 

I’d love to hear from you how you go and what strategies you use to get your horse to canter.

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To Your Success,

Natasha Althoff

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​​Hey riding superstar, welcome to FearLESS Friday! Today, we’re going to answer the question, how do you transition into canter without feeling scared?

So a lot of you can feel confident and can feel okay cantering, it’s just the getting into the canter. And look, I think we’ve all been there. If your horse doesn’t canter well, if the transition goes a little bit like this… He’s just going to poo, aren’t you?

Do you know we’re on camera, Ollie?

Okay. So if the transition went like this, and the trot went faster, and the trot went faster, and the trot went faster, and then the horse cantered, that can be a little bit scary, going into the canter like that.

So you need to make sure that the canter happens when you want. Three, two, one, pop. Good boy.

There’s nothing to fear, then, because you know when it’s happening. Nothing gets faster. And also, if you’re not confident in your sitting trot, and your trot gets faster, you then bounce, which then makes you feel that you’re going to fall off, which then makes you not want to do the transition into canter because of that fast trot.

You’ve got to keep your trot slow. Three, two, one, pop. And then apply the canter aid.

So that’s the first thing, to train your horse to canter off the aid.

The second thing is, if you’re scared of canter, there is no harm in going: Three, two, one, pop. And having that support on the saddle, if you’re scared your horse is going to do a little bit of a leap, a little bit of a jump, a little bit of a pig root, whatever it is, you can then anchor yourself back… good boy.

He’s like, “You looked back, mom.”

You can anchor yourself back, and therefore feel more confident in the canter.

So to summarize, you need to feel in control to feel more confident. That’s the art of Fearless riding. If you feel you’re in control, even though you won’t be… we’re not [inaudible 00:02:01]… even though you won’t be, because you can’t be in control. You can have the illusion of control.

But yes, if you can give yourself more control by going, “Well I’m going to hang onto the saddle, therefore I’m going to be okay,” or, “I know the canter’s coming, because it’s going to come when I say,” that’s going to make you feel more confident and more happy.

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