Yeeehaaaaa I booked myself in for a lesson on a mechanical horse in order to get a grip on my canter.
Meet legless – a mechanical horsey belong to the lovely Quob Stables.
I wanted a lesson on him because, and if you read my blog then you’ll know this, I still really struggle with my canter on Cyryl. I really wanted to be able to work on my position without having to worry about speed, roundness and steering too.
Legless is a lovely boy, very quiet in temprement haha! He was a lot narrower than Cyryl and also a lot smoother.
My instructor was good and gave me some interesting Pilates-style exercised such as rolling up my spine vertebrae by vertebrae and I practised keeping my leg still.
However, and here’s where I was disappointed, Legless is too easy. He’s so smooth and glorious that he doesn’t feel anything like a real horse. Well, not my horse anyway!
In fact, the instructor didn’t really understand what my problem was when I told her that I really struggle win canter on a daily basis, only to canter on him perfectly!
I may not have learnt much about canter, but I did learn that there are no easy cheats and nothing compares to practice, practise practise on a real horse with real problems.
If I had continued with lessons on the mechanical horse, what would have happened when I went back to Cyryl? I’d be back to square one when I had to deal with his strength, his huge rocking motion and the never ending task of keeping him round and moving forwards.
Regardless, I still had fun and it was a great experience, but I’ve realised that if you have problems relating to a specific horse, then you can probably only fix them fully when working with said horse. Good luck!