The Canter Seat (of doom)

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    04-01-2009, 12:29 PM
The Canter Seat (of doom)

So I have been riding almost 8-9 years now, and still don't have my canter seat down correct! Some days, I can have it (yahoo) and others, I don't. I tend to go into 2-point EVERY time, and Sue (my coach) always tries to make me start over and SIT DOWN.

Help? Seems I don't "trust" my seat. Thank you.
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    04-01-2009, 04:36 PM
Man, you must have strong legs from all the 2 pointing...... LOL

I'm surprised your trainer hasn't done some work with you on a lunge line without the use of stirrups. That will "cure" your problem pretty quick, no choice but to sit down.
    04-01-2009, 04:42 PM
I used to ride WAY too forward, and I had a very unsteady seat when first learning to canter. What helped me was visualizing myself sitting on my back pockets, and always having them in contact with the seat. It set me back much further, and I used my hips to rock the seat, rather than trying to "fight" the seat, lol!

I agree with G&K, dropping your stirrups'll cure ya of wanting to be above the seat... but, if you have two pointed THAT much... maybe your legs are so strong you'll do it anyways, LOL!

I was such a rank little teenager when my riding instructor had told me to drop my irons and post the trot. My.Legs.HURT. I didnt realize how dependent I was on them... I thought I used my knees and thighs a heck of a lot more than I did!
    04-01-2009, 04:43 PM
Be careful. That'll cause off balance issues, and one false move from your horse, and over its head you go.. I should know.
    04-01-2009, 05:24 PM
Originally Posted by LetAGrlShowU    
Be careful. That'll cause off balance issues, and one false move from your horse, and over its head you go.. I should know.
Then your not doing it correctly. Jockeys "breeze" race horse's in a 2 point all the time.
    04-01-2009, 07:30 PM
Take away your sturrups - that will teach you to sit really fast .. :)
    04-01-2009, 09:07 PM
The issue here, is that you are not using your lower legs properly to support you in your tack - while at the canter.

What is it that you can think of, that you are doing? Are you gripping somewhere? Are you pinching somewhere? Something is going on, that is creating imbalace and insecurity.

Your lower legs must beable to do their job - heels, ankels, knees, calves.

Your ankles must be allowed to do their job - which is anchor you in your tack. Your weight must be allowed to flow through your lower leg. If you are pinching your knees, you've blocked that flow. If you are gripping your calves, you've blocked that flow - your calves must be at your horses side, but not death gripping.

Once you've figured out what you are doing with your legs - now we can focus on your seat :)

A great trick my coach uses, to help students find their while at the canter, hold onto the reins with 1 hand, and reach back towards your horses tail with the other hand.

You'll find that you'll be more on your seat bones, and deeper - and there's your canter seat.

But remember - your lower legs must beable to do their job :)
    04-06-2009, 09:33 AM
Ive been riding for 6-7 years and I have a really similar problem. I can't relax in canter so often go into two point as well, which just encourages my already quick horse to go quicker!!
A good thing that really sticks in my mind that my coach said was to open up my hips and relax my legs long and low and just go with the horse. But, like you said, it only works sometimes!
    04-06-2009, 11:50 AM
I agree that being lunged without stirrups will help. Another thing that really helps is cantering bareback!!
    04-06-2009, 04:44 PM
Well, I ride horses that canter BIG rocking horse canters and I don't struggle. I started wondering about your saddle... What kind of saddle are you in? I used to have a nice A/P Collegiate (I think it was Collegiate) and that saddle was HARD to sit the canter in. I had a dressage county that was better and now I'm taking lessons in a cheap old wintec and I'm not struggling at all. Which is weird, but sticky breeches on synthetic material makes it pretty easy. I would try a different saddle and see if it helps. If it doesn't then try the no-stirrup thing.

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