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    04-10-2009, 12:43 AM
Rider Critique - Canter

Well I'm still really thrilled about my jumping from last night, so I'll wait a bit before putting those clips up for critique. Right now I think my canter needs a lot of work. It's almost like I have no idea how to canter anymore. My canter is always a mess and I have no clue how I should be sitting or moving or where my hands should be or anything!

Here's cantering to the right...

And to the left:

Please help me relearn how to canter! I know my position is absolutely horrible in both of those clips but I don't know where I *should* be. I need major help.

Thorough, detailed critiques are very much appreciated. I'd also appreciate it if, for example, instead of just saying "He's counterbent in the corners," you could please say something like: "He's counterbent in the corners, meaning he's looking to the outside. You need to use more inside leg behind the girth, etc." I'm willing to try anything.. anything can be better than this.

I look forward to seeing all your advice.
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    04-10-2009, 01:04 AM
You are veerrryy hunched foward. Pull your shoulders back and don't lean, you are over your horse's withers. You need to stay straight up in the saddle more. And even if you are trying to do 2 point, you're too far foward

Your leg isnt too bad. The heel is down and toe foward so good. Just work on keeping your leg still, It looks like your weight is in your seat and not your heels because you are tense. I may be wrong
So put all your weight in your heels.
At some points your lower leg goes too far foward, however that's a VERY common problem, just keep it in the back of your mind

Overall your position, though off, looks secure. Just try to keep yourself upright. Look at the other riders around you. Don't force your back to arch, just keep it straight.

Looks like you've got the basics though, and with some practice you can perk it right up.
    04-15-2009, 05:20 PM
You look really good actually, but just remember to sit back... I didnt think about that yesterday and fell off a 16.2hh shire (with a very bouncy canter) in mid canter cause I leant too far forward... i've now got internal bruising down all of my left side and I winded myself from the fall :/ but apart from that, you're looking good hun!
    04-15-2009, 05:39 PM
Is he your horse, or is this a school horse? I only ask because he doesn't look like a happy camper. His ears are back and his tail is swishing. You are tipped too far forward and need to relax your back a bit to absorb his motion more, but overall your position is good. I'm not sure this is due to your riding. I would check his back to make sure he is not sore and definitely check the saddle fit. To me he looks like he's feeling resistance and hollowing his back. If you ride up in two point completely off his back, does he still pin his ears and swish his tail?
    04-15-2009, 07:59 PM
Thanks everyone for the tips!

Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Is he your horse, or is this a school horse? I only ask because he doesn't look like a happy camper. His ears are back and his tail is swishing.
He's a lesson horse ridden by a lot of beginners and he's always like that. >.>

To me he looks like he's feeling resistance and hollowing his back. If you ride up in two point completely off his back, does he still pin his ears and swish his tail?
Actually, that's why I was more forward in these videos -- my instructor wanted me to do a sort of half-seat position to get off his back. I've tried full 2pt and he puts his head way down and does the tail swishing and ear pinning thing then, too. Needless to say, we never really get along at the canter. XD

I feel like it's something to do with him just not liking to be cantered. When we're jumping, he canters beautifully, pricks his ears, and has a lot of step.

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