Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Sussex, England
• Horses: 0
I've recently learnt to sit my loan horse's (Gabby) canter much better and can apply the aids much better just by a few simple processes!! (I was very bouncy/flappy before working this out)
1. When asking for canter, go into the sitting trot at a corner and think about your weight being in your heels and "wrapping" your lower leg around your horse.
2. Your outside leg only needs to go back 4 or 5 inches (learnt this after asking my instructor)
3. When asking, instead of kicking your inside leg (when your legs are in the correct canter aid position), squeeeeeeze. I found this stopped me bouncing around, as kicking with one leg in the sitting trot unbalanced me completely! When Gabby doesn't respond straight away to my squeeze I give a little tap on her bum with the whip. After that first use, I don't need it anymore - she listens to my leg aids really well!
4. Somehow I managed to learn to sit to Gabby's canter by focusing on my lower leg hugging her and heels down rather than focusing on my seat. Maybe it would work for you, I dunno!
It's taken me 2 months to get good canters so just be patient and it will come :)
To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!