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        06-07-2010, 01:13 PM
      #1
    Foal
    On cantering.. I need tips!

    Hello again everyone. :)

    Since I got such a helpful plethora of responses to my last post, I thought I'd give it another try on a different subject. This time I could use some pointers for cantering.

    At the ranch where I work, we only take "running rides" with people who have been out with us multiple times before and they've already been on a "check-ride" to make sure they can handle it. It's a boatload of fun, just like going on a rollercoaster -- mostly "wheee!" but sometimes "Aaaaah!" -- and what I want to work on is getting rid of the "aaaah!" feeling.

    On these running rides, I'm able to take my choice steed 99% of the time -- a very smooth, spunky Palomino-Appaloosa. He's got just enough spirit that it's fun, but not too much to where it would be scary riding him.

    Anyway, I just wondered if anyone had some additional pointers for cantering. I'm told I should have my feet "really planted" in the stirrups and I should sit deep in the saddle and roll my hips in the horse's rhythm (almost like a "naughty" kind of move, lol). Of course, I shorten my reins for added control, but sometimes I still feel like I'm going to bounce off.

    Practice of course makes perfect, so does anyone have any extra suggestions?

    Thanks!
         
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        06-07-2010, 01:21 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    You are already doing the right things to work towards a more balanced seat , you could try doing alot of no stirrup work that really helps with balance . Also try counting 1,2,1,2,1,2 and move to the numbers ! It may work I know it's helped some people out .

    Good luck
         
        06-07-2010, 02:02 PM
      #3
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AfterParty    
    You are already doing the right things to work towards a more balanced seat , you could try doing alot of no stirrup work that really helps with balance . Also try counting 1,2,1,2,1,2 and move to the numbers ! It may work I know it's helped some people out .

    Good luck
    Why 1,2? A canter is not two beats.
         
        06-07-2010, 02:03 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    Have someone put that horse on a lunge line and saddle him up. Have the person lunging as for the canter. Put both your arms straight out and sit deep and try to feel the rhythm of the horse. Close your eyes when you get comfortable and like afterparty counting 1,2 or 1,2,3. Hope this helps
         
        06-07-2010, 02:05 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    I apologize typo it is 1,2,3 1,2,3 1,2,3
         
        06-07-2010, 02:40 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AfterParty    
    You are already doing the right things to work towards a more balanced seat , you could try doing alot of no stirrup work that really helps with balance . Also try counting 1,2,1,2,1,2 and move to the numbers ! It may work I know it's helped some people out .

    Good luck

    When you say "a lot of no stirrup work", do you mean I should be walking and trotting and going around the trails without stirrups? Scout's smooth, but I'm not sure if he's smooth enough for me to trot him without any shock absorbing going on.. I could definitely work on hills without stirrups, that shouldn't be a problem.
         
        06-07-2010, 02:44 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Just try doing some walking and turning and then a slow trot and work your way up . No stirrup work is very helpful for your balance !
         
        06-07-2010, 02:45 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Riding bareback will help also
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        06-07-2010, 02:47 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by .Delete.    
    Riding bareback will help also
    Posted via Mobile Device

    Deffiantely , it doesnt have to be fast work to be effective just take your time and work at your own pace that you are comfortable with :) It will come along before you know it . If you are not comfortable flipping your stirrups over the top of your saddle leave them hang so they are there for you to slip your feet in if you at any point feel uncomfortable. Just be sure they are swinging into your horses shoulder too much .
         
        06-07-2010, 03:06 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by .Delete.    
    Riding bareback will help also
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    I have yet to try riding bareback, but I have plans to soon! Once a week during our summer camp we take the horses straight into the lake for a little swim. Can't wait.
         

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