I've been riding for about 7-9 months.. I'm not completely sure! I've had time off from being sick and missing riding on school breaks. But on a normal basis I ride twice a week weather permitting.
I started cantering on my 7-8 lesson because I was catching on to everything so quickly and had good balance. My instructor first taught me to canter in the two point though. A few months after that my instructor had me ride a different horse. Now that this horse is cantering very well (he's green to both cantering and jumping as he was first trained to race then the previous owners said he would never canter and never jump therefor they did neither with him) my instructor is trying to teach me to sit the canter. My instructor told me to grip with my thighs to sit the canter. But I've read somewhere that that's not what your supposed to do and even when I'm doing this I still seem to pop up about two inches off the saddle. I've tried lengthening my stirrups but that hasn't worked. I've even been put back on the beginners horse and told to use one hand to steer and the other to hold the back of the saddle and keep myself from popping up so I know what it feels like but nothing has helped. I've talked about trying to ride without stirrups but she won't let me on this horse because she doesn't trust him (she hasn't had him a year yet)
So does anyone know why this is happening or what I could do to help keep my dang backside in the saddle so I'm not banging the horses back? I don't want him to dislike cantering and possibly become ill tempered towards it because I can't sit it correctly and I would hate myself if I hurt his back from bouncing on it.
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