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    04-07-2009, 08:54 PM
Obnoxious rocking habit at canter

When I am cantering, I have this terrible habit of rocking my upper body. I think it came from me trying to urge my lazy horse on with my seat, and eventually I started moving my whole body. Now I can't stop! I try so hard and I always looks so akwerd. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
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    04-07-2009, 09:01 PM
When we do that our trainer says over and over and over, sit back sit back and send him forward with your legs. Maybe you can say that to yourself continuously if you do not have a trainer to yell at you :)
    04-07-2009, 10:10 PM
^ that's a good idea, my trainer only teaches during the summer time so I don't have her to yell at me. Maybe I'll get my sister to yell at me for the time being, I'm sure she'd enjoy that. :P
    04-08-2009, 01:29 PM
Haha. We get so used to trainers yelling at us, we need others to do it too. I used to have my friend yell at me to keep my heels down lmao
Anyways. Sit up straight. Look at the trees around you, stay vertical and even. Sink deep in your heel. If you were urging a horse foward with your seat is hould be subtle, not a large rocking motion, and its small, a change in the lower back, Your shoulders should still stay back and straight. Keep working on it. Practice makes perfect.
    04-08-2009, 02:36 PM
Loose your sturrups ... I rode in college and the 1st 2 or 3 months we rode strictly without a saddle or with a saddle and without our sturrups... also we had someone lunge us so that we really had to work on our core. This sounds dumb but works wonders... do things like closing your eyes, letting the person lounging choose the speed/pace, put your arms out like you are holding a tray (think waitress) or putting your arms out to the side like you are a helicopter ... these are all things that you will get better balance doing and then strengthen your core :)
    04-10-2009, 01:12 AM
No stirrup work does miracles
    04-10-2009, 10:12 AM
I do the exact same thing...haha. Just plant your seat bones still and just try and keep your upper body still. It will come with practice.
    04-11-2009, 10:41 PM
Two things. Stick a crop in the back of your riding pants so it sticks up behind your head. Try to keep consistent contact with it all the way up to your head.

The other thing is try cantering with your inside arm straight up. It helps you reach your whole body upward and once you straighten up, it should open your hip angle enough to where you aren't rocking.
    04-11-2009, 10:51 PM
The 'arm up' trick also works because it helps relax your back. You absorb the motion in your back and hips--when you are too stiff there, the motion gets absorbed higher up (like you describe!).

Loosen those hips and your back!

Good luck
    04-12-2009, 06:10 PM
I used to have that habit (bc of a lazy horse) but once I learned to make her use her butt and go forward into my hand I automatically stopped. Maybe you should try and fix your horse before fixing just your body. This will give an easy fix for your rocking, and will definetly benefit your horsie

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