Relaxation is one of the keys to canter (and to sitting trot) - especially in your back. Heather Moffat's Enlightened Equitation book is excellent for explaining how to sit to the different paces, amongst other things.
Also, I have no idea what your fitness is like, but if it's not great it can help to do some stretching and toning exercises in between your rides.
the one i ended up going to is further away (double the distance in fact and takes 20 mins to get there) but i dont really feel like giving my business to the other place after the way they let me get ready, get there and then decide to tell me it was off. pissed off was not the word
i wouldnt mind if they had phoned at any point to apologise but they havent.
liked it - i loved it. absolutely loved it. the smell and everything - omg im hooked.
i did wonder whether or not i should have been lunged until my technique is better?
or is it better to learn to control the horse and learn technique at the same time?
i had a lovely lovely placid old boy who knew the ropes better than me but i was trying to concentrate on technique at the same time as trying to keep him going....
id appreciate thoughts on the best way to learn? or is it just practice practice practice? my balance isnt great (tired to stand while riding to find my balance but kept toppling over! found it easier in a trot strangely) but my instructor said id done really well to say ive not ridden for so long, i do need to relax more in the saddle.
the school i had booked with was shockingly bad - they asked me to let them know if i couldnt make but they couldnt extend me the same courtesy! i turned up to be told that no one was available to take my lesson - i asked why they hadnt let me know and got a piss poor excuse - the bloke said he had been trying to phone - he hadnt and i said so - i have had no missed calls or anything - then he changed his story and said he couldnt get into the house to phone me....quite pissed off with their lack of professionalism - i wasted petrol and time to get there.
so i rang another place and they got me in tonight (i was all dressed up with no horse to ride) and i loved it!!!
to say ive not sat on a hoss for 30 years i did ok i think! part of the learning curve was keeping my little hoss going but i got to a trot and loved it. bit nervous about getting to a canter - id forgotten how bouncy it all is!
legs will ache tomorrow i think! but i love love loved it! booked again for next week.
always a bonus! my hair is bleached to within an inch of its life so i doubt theyd survive.....saying that, if i do get a hoss, the hair will be the first casualty! i get £100 a month to spend on me.....i have a feeling that it wont go very far!
cheers for that alameda - i will bear that in mind, ill probably need some half chaps or socks....
my hat is Charles Owen....the array of colours is great now isnt it! i was colour coordinated by accident....the only pair of cheap jods was navy, the only cheap hat cover was also navy....and ive got a blue zip up fleece which ill wear.
i tried it all on when i got home looked rather smart! im glad i got my own hat now as if the stables had lent me one its doubtful it would have fit, at least ill be safe. (and colour coordinated!)
have got bumble bees on my hat (Barnaby - Barney Bee) was a present, they are quite discreet
otherwise I just wear whatever, we seem to have accumulated a lot. Have noticed that horse WILL stage severe lameness if am riding in something ridiculous like a very short stretchy dress and I will have to walk all the way home feeling and looking even more daft than usual - only for him to trot up sound as soon as we get back. Grrrrrr.
Sounds very smart! I must make more effort to be colour-co-ordinated .
Am just about to choose a new hat for my birthday (mine looks ok and I haven't fallen on it but suppose it ought to be replaced as five years old ). I'm going for Harry Hall as I know they fit the shape of my head and what size to get which means I can order online (nearest saddler is rip off merchant a bit pricey). After changing my mind several times I thought I'd made a decision on which colour to get, only to find they've introduced about 3 new colours! arrgh!
i have a unnaturally small head - a 54, so can get away with kids hats, but i tried quite a few on. the skull cap fitted better as it was deeper....she said i have a round head....anyway - she seemed to know what she was doing so i let her get on with it.
the boots....i just got some jod boots but they were reduced from £39.99 to £20. someone on here said jod boots would allow me to feel what im doing better to start with. the brand is Orich?? not spent a fortune on any of it - the hat was only £46 plus £6 for the cover....i could have spent way more! when i get long boots im going to get a decent pair.