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    08-28-2011, 08:41 PM
Just an fyi, a lot of Centered Riding is based in yoga, also Alexander technique and Feldenkrais therapy. Don't' feel you need to look those things up; I'm just pointing out that there's a lot of cross over from yoga, and you'll probably find the core exercises and the body awareness helpfu in your riding.

Centered Riding is not quite as popular as it was back in its heyday, and it was always was a very flexible teaching tool that allowed you to pick and choose what worked for you; it didn't require that you drink the Kool-Aid and march in lock step. However, the two things from Centered Riding that have STAYED in my teaching repertoire since I first encoutered them, without exception, are the exercises for teaching a true following seat at the sitting trot and the ones for a true following seat at the canter. I have just never encountered anything better for helping riders master these skills.

Good luck, and keep posting video as you work through this - lots of riders (if not ALL) struggle with this, and other folks can benefit from your experience.
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    08-28-2011, 11:39 PM
Huh, that's interesting!

Hah well my sitting trot could use a bit of work as well (I get like...a spaghetti back!) so that would be nice, hahaha.

My birthday is coming up next month...perhaps I'll just ask for it as a gift. A few months ago I went through and annotated my copy of George Morris' book and that helped me understand it a bit better...I'd like to be able to do that with this one as well but if I borrow it I don't think anyone would be please with it being returned all marked up with highlighter and margin notes.
    08-30-2011, 11:25 AM
I don't have any video BUT.

I rode two horses yesterday. The first is an older, semi-retired schoolmaster. I rode him completely without stirrups because he's like riding a couch :p and really focused on what my hips were doing in relation to his body. By the end of the ride everything you guys have been telling me made a LOT more sense! When we cantered I tried to think of it as a lateral motion and I think that helped a lot, especially when paired with trying to ride from my core.

Then I got on the STB I've been working with all summer, and it was sosososo helpful! I think I was more in tune with his movement and when we cantered (he's still learning, only started cantering a month or two ago) I could feel him start to break from the unified canter and was able to stop him before he started pacing

I've still got a ways to go and I'm looking forward to getting a copy of the book you mentioned, but THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    08-30-2011, 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
The main fault you have is that you don't understand the mechanics of the canter.

You are riding the canter as a forward back motion when it is more of a lateral motion. If you advanced the hip forward that is on the lead side then let the opposite hip follow you will find the motion of the canter a lot easier to sit.
can you explain this one a little bit more? Give more of a visual description I guess like what shape your hips would be making or...
    08-30-2011, 05:58 PM
Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507    
can you explain this one a little bit more? Give more of a visual description I guess like what shape your hips would be making or...
Your driving leg will be on the same side as the horse's lead leg. That drive will feel like a more direct push from your hip to your heel ( if needed). The horse's muscular structure along that side of its spine will be extended forward and downward when the lead fore is extended. This means that if you follow the horse's movement the rider's inside hip/thigh will advance more on that side with each canter stride the horse makes.

The horse does not canter in a forehand forward then forehand back. This is why those that "pump" when they canter go completely against the natural canter motion.

This is why also some riders tend to bump up and down in the saddle when they canter because they are not feeling the motion the canter is actually giving them.

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