Ok so to cut this short- when I ride shad I bounce in the canter! If I use my wintec stock saddle I don't, but if I use the dressage saddle (its a county) I do!
Sooo lately I have been doing heaps of no stirrup work. I warm him up, take away my stirups, keep my leg long, relax etc, I give him a long-ish rein ( just incase I balance with the reins) but I still bounce! Its not a big bounce, but is still a problem. Then we have sit trot, which is giving me trouble also. But the worst part is shad is one of the only horses whose movement I have this much trouble with.
So I decided I would give up the no stirrup work with shad and start no stirrup work with bella. She is easier to ride than shad and when I could get it all right on her, I would go back to no stirrup work with shad.
So I put her on the lunge (sp? Lol) to warm her up, also because she hasnt been ridden for a few months. Then on I hopped, rode her around with no stirrups trot (sitting & rising) and canter. I had no problems! None at all. But im still the same when I ride shad.
Is it just a matter of time and work? Is there anything else I can do?