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post #11 of 15 Old 05-23-2010, 10:38 PM
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Like others have said, relaxe. My instructor has all her beginner canter students sing to help them relaxe. Don't worry about your position in the canter (I mean you want to have a safe position, but don't worry about looking perfect) until you feel relaxed and balanced. Then you can worry about heels, back alignment, hand and leg posion, etc. (I suggest focuing on one thing at a time) to make your canter pretty.
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-24-2010, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much everyone! I really appriciate you taking the time to help :) Hopefully I can ride the canter correctly now (of course with some practice!) and make it an enjoyable experience for Sasha and myself :)
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klutzy,

I have a slighty different way of expressing the concept that eventdrew, JDI and others are referencing.

What you want is a *following* seat; where your seatbones slide in the saddle and follow the motion of the horse's back. This can also be a deep seat, but not necessarily. Here's some things the help to find the motion of the horse's back and the following seat. Find a model of a human skeleton and locate the seatbone. Then locate your own seat bones. This sounds goofy, but really, poke and prod around on your butt until you find the bony prominence and you know exactly where they are.

When you're in the saddle, make sure your seat bones point straight down. The position women seem to take naturally is to hollow their lower back and point the seat bones back towards the horse's hind feet, it takes a little effort to relax the back and point the seat bones down. This is tricky - you can have the correct alignment of shoulder, hip, heel and still be pointing your seat bones back.

Now, imagine that there are railroad tracks on your saddle, running right down the middle. Put your seatbones on the railroad tracks. When the horse canters, allow (*allow*, don't push) your seatbones to travel backwards and forwards on the railroad tracks.

When you're starting out, if you lose the motion and get popped out of the saddle, grasp the pommel of the saddle with your inside hand and pull yourself back into the saddle, and align your seatbones underneath again. When you feel yourself following railroad tracks again, release the pommel and see if you can keep the motion on your own. Grasp the pommel again when you lose the motion or your position.

Remember that the canter is three beats with a pause - the following motion is roughly: back, forward, more forward, hold, back, forward, more forward, hold.

HTH, and good luck!
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I love this idea:) Thanks for the great description! I am riding next week and i cant wait to try it! I love how you told me what each beat was..that is definatly helpful.
Happy riding!
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-31-2010, 11:29 AM
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i agree with everybody but for cantering you need to be relaxed and when you tighten your leg muscle to bring down your heels that just makes the horse go faster and to go longer your heals should naturly go down them self
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