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post #1 of 7 Old 10-15-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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My lunge line lesson

Ok so I decided that I really needed help with my canter seat so this morning I had a lunge line lesson. It went really well and I really got the rythym of the canter down and was sitting it pretty well. I didn't have the reins but I had stirrups. I was holding on to the pommel though so what I am wondering is I have my group lesson next week and will I be able to sit the canter better like I did in my lesson?
My last gruop lesson I was bouncing all over the place while cantering and couldn't get a good seat.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-15-2011, 05:20 PM
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Try sitting the canter without hands- aka, holding your arms out to the side, putting them on the top of your head, etc. This should help you get used to the movement of the canter and strengthen up your leg muscles for sitting at the canter.

If you're holding on to the pommel you may still need more support to sit the canter correctly and not flop all over the place (not saying you do but you get my point xD).

It takes a while to get the motion of any gait down. I'd need to see a picture or video of you riding to make even a slightly accurate guess. If you don't do very well in your next group lesson at the canter, don't feel bad and don't be afraid to revisit the lunge line if you have to.
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The reason you are bouncing is simply because you are holding your breath and tense. The only thing that will cure your tense posture is yourself. Just remember, you aren't going anywhere, your in an enclosed area (right?). Breathing will help, and one tip for the tense posture is smile. Simple as that, smile so you enjoy the ride and suddenly you can relax and your seat will go forward with the horse rather than up. Think "down and forward" it does work. Hope this helps!! :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-17-2011, 01:16 PM
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I also agree with All Shook Up. The more tense you are, the worse your posture tends to get.
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I cantered more last night in my lesson and it went so much better, she wouldn't pick up her left lead, but i sat it a lot better : )
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There is nothing wrong with holding the pommel when doing a lungeline lesson. It helps you to feel the "down" portion of the stride better.
Glad to hear that it's going better now. It just takes time.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-20-2011, 10:29 PM
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Glad to hear about your improvements, the more you practice - the more you'll improve.

Just remember - if it doesn't go as well in your group lesson. That's okay! There is a load more to think about when your the actually in control of the horse. Just relax and think about what worked well for you while you were on the lunge.

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