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post #1 of 8 Old 05-29-2013, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure if this makes sense haha but is canter (or more accurately, does it feel like) a back-to-front movement or front-to-back when yous sit it?

For me it feels like back-to-front. Sorry if this is confusing, I'm confusing myself a bit
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-29-2013, 08:57 AM
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Try to think about going with the horse and not putting a direction label on it. I think of it kind of like riding a wave.
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Just wanted to expand.
Sometimes a horse doesn't canter straight. Sometimes because the horse is being a butthead or sometimes you're working at an angle or whatever. You have to go with that and if you're thinking "forward" forward might be the wrong direction.

It's an elliptical movement like bsms said but remember to go with the horse.

The closest non horse thing I've come to canter motion is a jetski. I felt like I was riding in two point.
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It's a hula movement, or a wave movement.

This video may help


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If you look at the horse's footfall patterns, he basically strikes off on the outside, rear (which causes him to carry ALL of his body weight on that foot for a sec as he lifts himself up, then he places the outside fore, and the inside rear onto the ground, and they kind of form a "wall" over which he jumps and lands first, with all his weight on his iside front, then a momemt of suspension and back to theoutside rear. So, he literally is kind of forming a daigonal "jump", over wihich he leaps, over and over again.
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I'm not sure if this makes sense haha but is canter (or more accurately, does it feel like) a back-to-front movement or front-to-back when yous sit it?

For me it feels like back-to-front. Sorry if this is confusing, I'm confusing myself a bit
The horses power is in their haunches so I'm guessing what you're referring to is that feeling you get as they launch off - which does (in a sense) come from their rears. At least that's how it feels to me...it's like OOOOOO (haunch) ba woop- ba woop.

But the actual movement you might try to find in yourself, your middle is definitely eliptical, round and round sort of a bellydance, your hips and the horses middle become one and your haunch goes round and round WITH the horse.

I think if you're focusing on forward or back, it's not really productive to finding your seat in that gait - it's about grounding and relaxing your seat and allowing yourself to become one with the horse.

Which to me is probably the scariest thing to learn about the canter/lope -because this is where it all leads - to this power that you're riding. And in the beginning it feels almost like it's out of control. Your horse is letting it rip a little and the excitement he feels is not about you, but about what he is doing, which is what nature intended him to do. And the thing is, they're not even giving you what they can REALLY do if they could. Funny thing is it's not nearly as fast as it feels.

A good thing to do is watch Youtube videos of canters and lopes. Watch the riders hips. Watch their posture, how they seat their weight, their legs, their heels...how the let their bodies relax into the movements and become one with their horse.

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If you look at the horse's footfall patterns, he basically strikes off on the outside, rear (which causes him to carry ALL of his body weight on that foot for a sec as he lifts himself up, then he places the outside fore, and the inside rear onto the ground, and they kind of form a "wall" over which he jumps and lands first, with all his weight on his iside front, then a momemt of suspension and back to theoutside rear. So, he literally is kind of forming a daigonal "jump", over wihich he leaps, over and over again.
Oh Liney I LOVE this description!!

It's so perfectly accurate. Bravo!! I'm grinning from ear to ear thinking of this movement .


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