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  • How to sit deeper in the canter for dressage
  • My horse is very hard to sit at the canter

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    05-12-2009, 09:47 PM
Help on my dressage seat!!

So I am finding it hard to sit my horse canter, I do dressage and jumping and I was wondering if you guys had any tips for meone sitting the canter.(Iam not in 2 point in the canter Iam just stitting forward not back) Iam going to a dressage show with my horse on the 25th and have been working really hard for the show!

Need tips!! Please and thank you!
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    05-13-2009, 09:07 AM
How I learned to do this was if you are comfortable with your horse drop one stirrup, not both just one and this makes it to where you have to sit bc you have nothing to brace ur self against ie stirrups and just sit on the back of ur butt and remeber to relax and let your lower body move with your horse and just breathe deeply when it starts getting bumpy
    05-13-2009, 10:59 AM
Sounds like you are tense and stiff in your hips, pelvic and seat bone's area.

Are you pinching and gripping anywhere from your knee's? You must allow your legs to be long and heels deep - so that they can anchor you, without you gripping and pinching - you must allow your upper bodies weight to flow down through your body into your heels. If you are gripping or pinching somehwere, you block that - which can cause the issue at hand.

Proper leather length is essential, so that you can remain secure and balanced.

I highly recommend Lunge Line Work with NO reins. This will help you emmensly *sp* you will have to force yourself to find your seat and your legs. Then, an educated eye on the ground who is helping you, will beable to see what exactly is going on with your body to cause the issue.

Spyder and Anebel will defintaely beable to give you great advice here. They are highly experienced and knowledgeable and I would take their words of advice.
    05-13-2009, 07:06 PM
Haha MI I think you said what I was going to but much nicer. I would have just said "Well then don't lean forward". :P
A lot of riders really over think riding. You need to sit in the saddle with even weight on either side of the saddle, your legs hanging down and stable on the horse's side, you need to sit with a vertical spine that is not slouched or otherwise curved and you need to ride evenly from two legs to two reins. Honestly my best advice is to ride harder and really sit back in your saddle. Like don't sit on the horse, sit in the horse.
Tough to say anything else without a picture.
    05-14-2009, 12:25 PM

I have alot of video but its on my camara and its broken. :(

I may be able to get something in the next day or two.
    05-15-2009, 11:15 AM
Relax your back, shoulders back, knees in, weight in your irons and always move with the horse
    05-22-2009, 06:59 PM
What everyone else said- and try doing an hour of no stirrup work- not all canter, but I find that whenever I ride with no stirrups I sit deeper in the saddle and lean back more. Just make sure that whenever you feel tight shake your shoulders out, do some leg exercises, anything that will loosen you up. It is easier to ride any gait sitting it you are looser but not floppier- just relaxed.

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