Confidence At Higher Speeds
By: Triple Crown Insider- Erin Long
I got a request for this post, so let’s do it! Riding at a gallop or even just a canter can be extremely daunting for some riders, and that’s understandable. You have less time to correct mistakes, and smaller movements tend to create a larger outcome. So how can you feel better about riding faster?
Step one is to build a really solid seat. When you can sit and two point consistently and without wobbling, you’re in a good place to work on cantering. This will help your body naturally stabilize itself over the horse’s movements as he’s moving quickly, and help limit the jostling you feel during the movement.
Once you’re stable, start practicing on a horse that you know has an excellent stop. That way, if you start to feel scared, you can quickly ask him to stop and know you will receive a response. That alone tends to help many people.
Finally, practice first in an area where you don’t have to turn, like a large arena or fenced field. This ensures your horse can’t truly run off, but helps eliminate the feeling that you’re being pulled off to the outside when galloping through a turn.
Hopefully that helps y’all! Let me know if you have any questions. Have you ever been afraid to ride quickly? I’ve always been a bit of a speed demon.
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