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    • 1 Post By tinyliny

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        09-02-2013, 07:24 PM

    I just started cantering a few weeks ago. Whenever I canter, I can't seem to push my heels down I lose my balance then I'm all over the place. How can I fix this?
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        09-02-2013, 07:34 PM
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    Are you sitting the canter or in two point position?

    Don't think of pushing your heels down. Think of lifting your toes up. That might help.
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        09-02-2013, 07:42 PM
    I sit the canter. My feet keep going out of the stirups as I canter.
        09-03-2013, 10:28 AM
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    Relax your knees and push your tighs down. You are probably gripping with your knees too much, that's a common mistake, and it interferes with being able to keep toes up.
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        09-03-2013, 08:17 PM
    I think that it all starts with balance. Starting your cantering work can a bit scary and you will do some things defensively to stay in the saddle. Practicing your canter on a lunge line is not a bad thing. It's great for improving your seat. When you start improving your balance, then you will improve your relaxation in your saddle and follow the horse's motion better. Practice stretching your heels down at home. Pushing down on stirrups to get perfect heels can cause your seat bones to lose contact with the saddle and then you'll be all over the place.

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