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    03-30-2011, 05:41 PM
Cant Canter!

Im sure lots of other people have asked help about this is well lol . I can't canter at all ! I bounce all over the place , Betty the horse I ride is so smooth but my butt just wont stay in the saddle! Anything I can do ? Tips?
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    03-30-2011, 05:43 PM
Green Broke
Practice. And make sure your heels are down, legs long and rock your hips to move with the horse. Would happen to have a video or pictures to see if there is a specific problem?
    03-30-2011, 05:49 PM
Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Practice. And make sure your heels are down, legs long and rock your hips to move with the horse. Would happen to have a video or pictures to see if there is a specific problem?
Thanx , nope im camera shy :) it was my first time cantering in years so im a bit rusty .
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    03-30-2011, 06:16 PM
Try maby gripping with your legs more
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    03-30-2011, 06:38 PM
It took me a while to get it, but to figure it out, what helped me was this:
My trainer told me to sit and lean back. It doesn't matter if you're not strait at first when you are learning, once you "get it" you work on looking nice and everything.
So basically lean backward and try to roll your hips with the movement of the horse. (Easier said then done, I know, but with time you'll figure it out) Leaning back helps, because you pretty much get the feel of the horse's movement much more easily.
Also make sure you legs are at the girth and not too far back because it really helps when they are stable and in the right position.

I hope this helped! If you have more questions just ask! :)
    03-30-2011, 06:50 PM
I'm having a problem with the canter also, I rode western since I was 12, then took some time off ridding when I was 21 and got pregnant, didn't ride till last year, and now(at 25) I decided to start ridding english and I just can't seem to get the canter in the small english saddle lol, I feel like i'm going to fly right off the horses back, I really tired to canter in my lesson yesterday but Molly my lesson horse just kept trotting faster and faster, I think she could feel my apprehension lol although that super fast trot was no picnic either lol
    03-30-2011, 07:06 PM
I make a scooping action with my hips,heels down and just focus. Not sure how else to explain it..
    03-31-2011, 03:00 PM
Green Broke
Grip with your calves, NOT with your knees :)
    03-31-2011, 03:11 PM
If its just pleasure riding, I just go with the horse, lean forward a bit and sort of "become one" with the horse, let your body move with the animal under you.
    03-31-2011, 04:05 PM
How is your overall core strength?

I actually try to recommend NOT gripping with your legs - just try to sink into your heels while using your core and seat to stay with your horse. You don't want to be "holding" onto your horse with your legs - it can confuse them and cause them to quicken the gait rather than relaxing into an even rhythm and tempo.

Maybe spend some time off the horse to practice some core strengthening exercises (yoga, pilates etc.) As your core gets stronger your balance will get better and you will "bounce" less as you ride.

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