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?