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    05-08-2012, 11:08 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Honestly you should ask your instructor (and if you don't have one, get one for sure) to put you on the lungeline and help you figure it out.

It's an upward motion of the hips, not a forward back motion. Same as trotting, an upward motion. Where most people mess up is they push with their hips which causes their butt to get some air and slam back down on the horse or lose its timing. Then you aren't with your horse at all and it's hard to get back to that.

Hence lungeline work.
I've been riding for a long time now and even though i'm confident at the canter I felt like my seat was never quite right. Compared to others I felt like I was moving too much in the saddle. And I noticed the more I thought about my seat while cantering the worse it would become!

I kept this reply in mind today while riding and it helped me so much! Thank you.
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    05-28-2012, 11:42 AM
  #12
Foal
This might sound totally ******ed but it worked for me ...

I rode from more of a "racing" point of view so when I got back into an English saddle, when it came time to canter I was bridging my reins, leaning over the pommel and out of the seat. It took me a couple of weeks and some reading up to a) stop myself instinctively leaning forward, b) keep my butt in the saddle and c) really ride my horse forward with purely my seat (as opposed to using my legs and/or hands on his neck).

So, what I did was "sat" on my tail bone. This automatically made me sit up straight and prevent myself from leaning forward. I have really good leg placement from racework, so that was never a problem that they might go forward.

The second most important thing is to understand the horses movement, expecially when travelling on a circle or into corners. Our natural reaction, or what MANY of us have been taught at ridding school, is to turn your shoulders to where you want to go. WRONG. In the canter, forget your shoulders and think purely about your hips. It's hard to explain without pictures ... When a horse is cantering on the right lead, his left hip sits behind his right hip and you need to match this. So your right hip(inside hip) should sit slightly in front of your left. Because your are moving more easily with your horse, it becomes easier to sit to his canter.

I really hopes this makes sense, haha. I hope it helps. :)
     

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