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post #1 of 10 Old 10-06-2010, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need Help ( Beginner Here)

Hi everyone! I am a beginner and I need some help. The big problem is that I am learning to canter. I do it on the lunge with a strap (I'm not sure if its a neckstrap- its attached to the saddle). I find that I bump a lot. When I look at other people cantering, it looks like with every bump that pushes you forward you bring your hips into the back of the saddle? Am I right? Sorry, I get all kinds of crazy impressions of others riding

Also, my sitting trot needs work. I recently changed stables and my new lesson horse has a wonderful trot, but I havn't quite gotten used to it. I bounce like a baby and it doesn't exactly help my canter transition. Yes I do lots of trot without stirrups, though it doesnt help much because all I do is hold on to that strap & hang on for dear life not really riding lol
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-06-2010, 09:59 PM
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Oh poor love. Your instructor shouldn't be asking you to sit the trot if you can't sit the canter IMHO.

I learnt to sit the canter by riding it bareback. Your seat shouldn't actually move while you do it. Imagine that your butt has been superglued to the saddle, and your body is taking the movement rather than your bum. While using the strap could give you the extra leverage to keep your seat steady, it could also make you depend on your hands for balance so remember to let go once you feel secure.

As ever, practice is the only way to really get it :)

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You abdominal muscles will come into play...a lot...when cantering. You need to absorb all that up and down by softening your middle. Your hips will thrust forward and your abdominal muscles contract at every stride to absorb the movement.

I hate demonstrating the "thrust" while on the ground to my newer students. It looks so....obscene!!

Bert deNemethy once told me it is like "making love to your pommel"!! EWWWW! That was really racy for and upright old Hungarian.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 01:32 AM
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Maybe you should stop holding on. Even though you are getting practice, if you are relying on your hands for balance it might be harder to build the correct muscles and skills you need to balance.

Lean back, when unbalanced people tend to lean forward, but this doesn't help with your position. Push your weight down through your heels. Some people sort of move their body forward and back when sitting trot, others side to side.

Each horse has a different way of moving. Try riding horses with smoother paces until you are used to sitting.
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Bert deNemethy once told me it is like "making love to your pommel"!! EWWWW! That was really racy for and upright old Hungarian.
THAT actually a funny definition!

Just try to relax your hips and bum and follow the motion on canter (yeah, I know it's easier to say than to do). My eventing instructor I used to take lessons from suggested me to get a little trampoline and big exercises ball. You can imitate the hip movement there. NOT the best on world, but it helps to practice.
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Just try to relax your hips and bum and follow the motion on canter (yeah, I know it's easier to say than to do). My eventing instructor I used to take lessons from suggested me to get a little trampoline and big exercises ball. You can imitate the hip movement there. NOT the best on world, but it helps to practice.
omg, I HAVE a small trampoline and big excersise ball! Sorry its just so funny.

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omg, I HAVE a small trampoline and big excersise ball! Sorry its just so funny.
Basically with the ball you sit and move your hips up/down like you are on horse. With trampoline you get on, put one leg forward and start to jump like those little kids, when they imitate a horse riding on a horsey stick.
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I have an arabian and his trot is super bouncy I was taught posting but since I ride western I just go with him by moving forward and back in the saddle and canter is way easier once you ride your horse day after day you catch on-to his/her gait. I hope this helps! :)

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Thanks! I have a lesson tomorrow so I will work on all the things you told me to!

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One thing you might try is to work on sitting and posting the trot without hanging on to the neck strap. Holding on is preventing you from developing a strong seat because you depend on the strap to keep you in the saddle instead of using your body. IMHO, the strap should be used only in instances when you feel like you are losing control and only used long enough to get that control back, then let go again. It takes a lot of work and soreness to develop the muscles necessary to sit the trot and canter so don't get discouraged if you can't do it right off the bat.

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