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post #1 of 16 Old 08-04-2008, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Critique me cantering bareback

Just wanted to know how I was doing. I know I have somewaht of a chair seat and I"m working on that. And my heels should probably be down more.
Feel free to rip me apart.

NOTE: First time cantering bareback

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-04-2008, 08:44 PM
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Sit up a bit straighter.
Not bad for your first time though.

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you're supposed to lean back a bit...since when cantering most of the horses weight is in the back you are supposed to. At least that's what I've been taught by all my instructors (well besides the one but I didn't canter with her)
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Nah, not as much as you were leaning back, you were looking like a low rida:)

Lol.
Don't take that badly.

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Looks great to me. Also looks like you were having a good time


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Looks great to me. Also looks like you were having a good time
yeah I was having a blast! I'm enjoying bareback more than I do riding in my saddle!
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^ You guys look great!
I would always rather ride bareback than with a saddle.
It's rare to see me in a saddle actually, ha ha.
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Don't sit back, sit straight.
Sitting back just places excess weight on the hind end. How would you like it if I focused all of my weight on your right leg, and then told you that was the one you had to lift and work the most?
Same deal. You don't lean forward because it makes a horse fall on the forehand, and you don't lean backwards because it encourages a horse to use it's forehand because you're placing your weight on the hind end, AND you're behind the motion.
Take a look at all of the true classical riders--their position doesn't change when the horse canters.
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don't know if its to do with being bareback, but your hand shouldnt be opening by your thigh to turn him
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you don't look bad. Try loosening up, you are a little stiff, you'll find that if you can loosen up a bit, your trot will be much better. Your canter didnt look bad although you were leaning back which pushes your pelvis towards the neck. If you sit up just a little straiter then you won't be forced towards his neck, when they tell you to lean back, I think they mean sit back, as in put all your weight in your pockets. You really don't look bad though, you look pretty good.

I've never ridden in a bareback pad before... I just go all natural... I must try one of those....

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