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post #11 of 14 Old 05-03-2011, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for your helpful advice! I think QLDHorseGal has it spot on; so many lessons with my instructor telling me "shorten your reins, shorten your reins!" has got me to the point where I have no bend in my elbow and a stiff back supporting my body when my arms are out in front of me. I plan to have my elbows by my side for my lesson today and see how that goes. I have to also remember to breathe! I will post another video if I can get my sister to actually switch on the video camera. :roll:
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-03-2011, 10:47 PM
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Idk how they do in English or if it is even any different, but try sitting back in to the saddle more. You want to be on your pockets, not your crotch. That's how I was taught and I cantered with my gelding today and we were just flowing. So smooth. Put more pressure on your heels. If you use your toes you just lean your body forward.
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-03-2011, 10:53 PM
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And that will just throw you off balance. Like I said, sit more in to the seat and it will literally just come naturally and it is such a pleasure to ride. You want the horse to come to you. Not the other way around. My teacher tells me to tighten up the reins all the time . Says he needs to earn loose reins. Just do what you are taught. Is your teach not teaching you how to sit in a canter? Do sitting trots and let that be your practice and then kiss and love off in the same direction. It really helps with your balance and like I said, you almost never want to trot again when you feel the rhythm of the canter

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post #14 of 14 Old 05-03-2011, 11:05 PM
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well I'm not the best at cantering in english so I'm not sure exactly if this will be much help. anyways, make sure your heels go down as far as they can go and I think you can maybe move your waist a little more... Again, I'm still working on my english canter as well. Sometime maybe you should try going into a 2-point. Just to see how you do with that. I do that sometimes. You can either do 2-point or sitting in horse shows I believe... not sure if that's what your working up to but anyways I'm just rambling on so I'll stop talking now :p

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