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    01-17-2010, 04:04 PM
  #1
Foal
Bouncy Canter =)

Hi All,
I'm sure you will be able to help me with this one but I am interested as to everyone's views ...
When I ride my pony in canter I just can't seem to sit still. My friends have tried everything! It's probably my fault not hers, but she's reaaally bouncy ...
So what do I do? What am I doing wrong?
Thanks all,
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    01-17-2010, 04:10 PM
  #2
Weanling
I find this helps - close your eyes and 'feel' the canter. Relax and sit 'deep' in the saddle. Grip with your knees...

Hope you get better! I am a-bit like that... ;)
     
    01-17-2010, 04:24 PM
  #3
Started
^ Actually, don't just grip with your knees, this will allow your lower leg to start swinging. You want to have a good feel of the horse with your whole leg, not just one certain point. Image wrapping your legs around the horse's barrel. I'm bad at explaining these things, but I wanted to clarify. You lose your lower leg when you grip with your knees.
     
    01-17-2010, 04:27 PM
  #4
Foal
Ok Thanks Guys, I will try.
Also Your horse is beautiful Gillian! X
     
    01-17-2010, 04:34 PM
  #5
Started
^ Thank you! :]
     
    01-23-2010, 08:46 PM
  #6
Foal
Do you have a video of you and your horse cantering? If we can see what the problem is, that'll be the easiest way for everyone on here to help you.

It might just be an issue of you still learning to absorb your horse's movement. I would recommend cantering without stirrups if you're comfortable with that. I find it easier to absorb a horse's movement without stirrups; it forces you to sit.
     
    01-26-2010, 12:54 PM
  #7
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by chevaliernr    
Do you have a video of you and your horse cantering? If we can see what the problem is, that'll be the easiest way for everyone on here to help you.

It might just be an issue of you still learning to absorb your horse's movement. I would recommend cantering without stirrups if you're comfortable with that. I find it easier to absorb a horse's movement without stirrups; it forces you to sit.
I have tried cantering without stirrups a couple of times and am working up confidence to try it bareback. Problem is, she's sometimes a bit naughty and runs off with me sometimes so I'd be worried that I wouldn't have enough control. It was much easier though when I did it without stirrups, I barely bounced out the saddle at all! My friend told me I could try having really long stirrups and then gradually shortening them?
     
    01-26-2010, 12:58 PM
  #8
Foal
I know I rode a pony once with a bouncy canter, try to get your hips loose so you can really move with your horse. Also try longer sturrups so you get the deeper feeling in your seat hope that helps.
     
    01-27-2010, 08:25 PM
  #9
Weanling
All I can say is that lengthen you stirrups and put all your weight tin your heels and SIT SIT SIT!!

My trainer wouldn't let me touch any jumps until I was putting on any horse I rode and one you learn to sit on a bouncy horse you can do it on any horse!!
     
    01-27-2010, 10:24 PM
  #10
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gillian    
^ Actually, don't just grip with your knees, this will allow your lower leg to start swinging. You want to have a good feel of the horse with your whole leg, not just one certain point. Image wrapping your legs around the horse's barrel. I'm bad at explaining these things, but I wanted to clarify. You lose your lower leg when you grip with your knees.
In addition to this, gripping with your knees will lock your hips, and you will not be able to move them with your horse correctly. Keep your legs relaxed. =]

Think of it like your hips are a cup, and you are scooping up a cup of water with every canter stride. Down, forward, up, back, down, forward, up, back. Trying saying that to yourself, it's helped me out. Also, try and get someone to lunge you so that you can focus on feeling the canter without worrying about steering your horse. =]
     

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