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  • Horses canter is suddenly hard to sit
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    03-29-2011, 01:35 PM
Unhappy Canter

Please help me
I'm really good at trotting and other flat work but when it comes to sitting a canter I just can't do it.
I've tried everything my riding instructor says like sit back ect but it doesn't work. I can only canter on Clive (a Clydesdale) but I can't ride him all the time and I am currently riding Cobs
I really need help as my instructor wants me to go to a show on Jet (cob) but I need to sort out my canter or I can't go
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    03-29-2011, 02:30 PM
The main thing is to RELAX BREATHE! If my boss is giving me a lesson, she gets me to feedback to her all the time, so I have to breathe to talk! Try to relax through your hips, and imagine counting through the rhythm in my head - I find this also helps to keep the horse in a rhythm as well - they must be mind readers!
    03-29-2011, 05:26 PM
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    03-29-2011, 09:06 PM
Sounds like your hip angle is not open enough, so you cannot absorb the motion of the canter. Have your instructor put you on a longe line and canter with your hands on your hips or even better, with your inside arm straight up. You want to sit back on your pockets so the speak and let your hips follow the motion like you were on a swing or playing with a hula hoop. Cantering is a lot like math. It's really hard and then suddenly it all clicks and you're good to go.
    03-30-2011, 02:40 AM
Ok thanks I'll give it a try :)
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    03-30-2011, 02:50 AM
Its okay to have some bounce when you canter but it has to be moving with the horse. My old instructor once told me that if you sit more on ur uh...private part..... it will help your hips abosorb the motion and you will move with the horse. Also are ur hips,heel and shoulders in line? Sorry if this doesnt make sence or its wrong. I might not be correct because this was something I leart way back. I move with the horse without thought so yeah... sorry im im helpless
    03-30-2011, 02:25 PM
It's ok lol I'll give it a try ;) xx
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    03-30-2011, 02:55 PM
How confident do you feel? :P ride the canter bareback in a roundpen a few times to get the feel. My instructor used to sing "rollin rollin rollin" and other silly songs to the rhythm of the canter to get me to "make my circle" in time with the horse! Lol
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    03-30-2011, 04:14 PM
I feel quite confident and I will try out all the tips on Saturday when I go horse riding
Thanks for help
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