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    05-06-2011, 05:14 PM
  #1
Weanling
Bouncing out of saddle in canter.

When I canter I bounce in the saddle . My are the right length and I try to go with the movement but It just doesn't happen lol wiether its because my bum is very well ... lets say ''well padded'' LOL or because Im not doing it right I don't know. Im going to get a private soon , my instructors arthritis is bad atm so its being held back.

So imagin one of your students and im cantering round bouncing out of the saddle every stride , what would you be shouting?
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    05-06-2011, 09:15 PM
  #2
Yearling
I had a really hard time with the canter and kept bouncing around too. I was learning in a western saddle and was desperately clinging to the horn while holding the reins with my other hand. Thankfully my mare is really calm. I started riding bareback and got the trot down real well. Then I put a leather strap around my mare's neck, held the reins in one hand and the strap in the other. I had her go up a slight incline (made me lean back already) and asked her to canter. She did and it was fine!! I kept practicing and it kept getting easier and easier. I felt I could grip her better bareback and feel the lead changes better. I fell off a couple time as I was learning, but was fine. I still find it easier bareback than in the saddle - my legs can hang free and I can really move with her. However, if you do do this bareback, make sure you know the sitting trot well bareback as the trot to canter and canter to trot transitions can be tricky. Really hold that strap!! Good luck!
     
    05-06-2011, 10:10 PM
  #3
Trained
I spent two years trying without success to sit the trot, then learned in one ride. No, that isn't a canter, but on my horse the wave is about the same height, just choppier at the trot...if that makes sense.

Anyways, I lengthened my stirrups long enough that I had to home them - put them between the ball of the foot and the heel - to keep from losing them. I put my feet slightly forward, and then trotted. And suddenly it worked. I was so deep in the saddle that the trot motion didn't toss me as high, and with long loose legs, my legs absorbed some of the bounce.

I did that for about 2 months, and then shortened my stirrups a hole so I can keep my heels down a bit - but now the motion feels natural. If in doubt, I roll a little to my pockets and check that my back is straight - NOT leaning forward.

If need be, go ahead and grab the horn with one hand and concentrate on loose legs, relaxed back. Use the horn to shove your butt deeper into the saddle.

Hope that helps, but I'm a real beginner myself...so good luck!
     
    05-06-2011, 10:21 PM
  #4
Foal
I used to sit the canter horribly, but my instructor told me to pretend to "polish" the saddle with my seat and it worked. XD just move your pelvis along with the movement (polishing the saddle), sit up straight, and make sure you arent clinging with your legs. I still have a problem with that :'). Hope this helps!
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    05-07-2011, 06:44 AM
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Weanling
Thanks everyone :) I found that canter is alot easier without stirrups. Im not brave enough to do it without stirrups intinsionly LOL I will definitely work on that later!
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    05-07-2011, 07:58 PM
  #6
Foal
I have the same problem... And my mare breask into a really fast canter because I bounce, probably really bothering her. We then get caught in a vicious circle which is hard to break. The faster she goes, the more I bounce. I have to work on controlling her speed, plus trying to sit. I find it easier to canter without stirrups. Cantering in circles has helped, since she cannot go that fast. We have really improved now, though and I can sit for longer and longer periods, however, I am far from getting it right... I think it's practice, practice, practice...
     
    05-07-2011, 08:06 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Your probably bracing in the stirrups and that is shooting your back-end out of the saddle. I used to brace a lot, and sometimes still do, but if I catch myself doing it and don't brace, then I ride the canter a lot better.
     
    05-07-2011, 08:18 PM
  #8
Foal
You should do some work without stirrups, let your legs hang freely with your toes pointed towards the ground. Work at a walk, then trot, and when you get that down pat, move up to a canter. That should help your seat improve.
If you are bouncing it is probably because your legs are becoming stiff.... maybe because you are trying to keep them in the correct position. Instead of concentrating on your leg position just lightly rest the ball of your foot in the stirrups and let your leg relax completely. Let gravity do the work of lengthening your calf muscles and bringing your heel down.
     
    05-07-2011, 08:27 PM
  #9
Foal
Specifically, it helps to do work on lengthening and shortening your horses stride at all three gaits, and do lots of transition work, all without stirrups. In no time your butt will be sticking to that saddle like glue! :O)
     
    05-07-2011, 08:38 PM
  #10
Foal
Thank you for your advice! I will start practising the lenghtening and shortening! I'll keep you posted!
     

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