One Leg Swinging at the Canter... suggestions?

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    12-24-2010, 04:10 PM
One Leg Swinging at the Canter... suggestions?

OK, the past 2 weeks I've ridden at the canter, I've had one leg swinging. On the right lead, it's my left leg (inside leg) that was swinging back and forth, this was last week. It happened in a light 3-point and sitting fully down in the saddle. I thought it was the way the leathers were laying against my leg because they felt like they were laying at an odd angle on my foot. I tried turning my calf out to where the back of the calf was laying against my gelding's side and that seemed to quiet it down a bit.
Today I went riding, and I noticed that on either the left or right lead the inside leg was swining back and forth, I tried putting more weight into that stirrup and adjusted how the leather was laying against my leg, etc.
can you guys giving any suggestions on how to fix this? I didn't have anyone with me that could take picture or video, usually it's just me. I haven't has a lesson in 2 weeks either.
Anything would be appreciated.
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    12-24-2010, 09:55 PM
The most probable reason would be that your not evenly distributing your weight. If your sitting deep into the canter, then feel your seat bones(the two knobby bones your sitting on in the saddle) and make sure theyre both putting the same amount of pressure on the saddle. That helps you realize whether or not your sitting evenly with your weight distributed evenly. If the inside leg is swinging, it could be that your leaning onto your outside leg, causing the inside leg to become unstable.
    12-24-2010, 10:02 PM
I have the same problem. When I canter one of my legs I cannot keep steady. It will not stay at the girth where I place it! I think its either a weight distribution thing or one leg is stronger than the other.
    12-25-2010, 02:34 AM
When you canter right, try advancing your right hip and really think of laying the whole of your inside thigh down along the horse while the outside thigh goes back a little further and is softer and more "breathing" with the motion of the horse. So, your hips will be angled slightly (and I mean slightly) to the OUTSIDE of your circle, and your shoulders will parallel the horses should , which will be on a perfect radius of the circle.
    12-26-2010, 04:59 PM
Thanks, guys, I get what you all are saying and I'll go ahead and give those a try and see what happens.
I've tried "stepping" into the inside stirrup and that doesn't help either if that makes sense.
Anyone else?
    12-26-2010, 07:17 PM
Canter with your good leg out of the stirrup. It will force you to use your bad leg more effectively to stay balanced.
    12-26-2010, 08:43 PM
I had the exact problem when I started cantering. Problem is I'm not taking lessons right now so I had to try something different. So, I tried bareback. Bareback you have to use your legs and seat to keep you on the horse. I got a neckstrap and soon was cantering all over the fields. It really is something to try - bareback has tremendously improved my balance! And in winter (which we are having a cold one) it is so nice and warm - I haven't ridden in a saddle for at least three months.
    12-27-2010, 02:49 PM
Welp, I'm going to the barn this week so I'll give it a whirl and see what happens.
Thanks guys

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