When you have one of those rides that feels bumpy, disjointed, or unbalanced, it may not be that you weren’t riding well. How a horse moves is a big part of how comfortable (or not) they are to ride.
The canter is a gait that can be super comfortable and easy, with a flowing rhythm and a sense of floating. Or – the canter on some horses can feel as though you are being flung in 5 directions at once. Or it feels like the horse is going to just run off. Not so fun if both of these feelings happen at once.
A canter is supposed to be a 3 beat gait. In today’s video, I want to show you one of our school horses that has a 4 beat canter. When he is cantering like this, he is uncomfortable to ride, and nothing the rider does with their position – if he is in this bumpy canter – will make it more comfortable.
As riders, when our skills progress, we can help any horse move better. One of the hallmark traits of great riders is the ability to ride any horse and immediately improve how that horse moves. In this same video, I will also demonstrate how I help Amiano out of his 4 beat canter and into a canter rhythm that is more comfortable – for both of us!
p.s. This fall, I will be offering an all new Balanced Riding Course. What we will be learning together is effective, balanced riding. Riding in a way that allows us to not only be more comfortable for the horse to carry, but to influence them in a positive way as well. To use our weight and movement so that our communication of where we want to go is clear.
But the Balanced Riding Course is about more than just riding. It is about becoming a horse person, and developing your own sense of connection to yourself, your horse, and your confidence in exactly where you are.
Stay tuned for more about the course + a Free Workshop beginning Oct 11!