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post #1 of 19 Old 03-11-2008, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Cantering around circles

Question for you all...I've asked all of my friends this, but they didn't know what they do.

Here's the situation. You are cantering your horse and your going around a curve to get your horse to the other wall in the arena.
What do you do while you are cantering around the curve? Do you just sit there and move with the horse? Lean into the curve (into the middle of the arena)? Do you lean away from the curve (lean to the wall)? Or something else?

I think that I'm throwing Sonny off balance when I canter around the turns, but I was taught to canter on a horse that did motorcycle turns so I HAD to lean away from the turn. But Sonny doesn't do that, so I'm in the habit of leaning away from the turn, but don't know if that's the right way or not.
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Vega's canter has always leaned to the inside, and I think that's because of the how the round pen in shaped. The ground anyways. So when I do ride in a circle, I lift up my inside rein, and try to lift her up with my legs. I also try to lean to the outside.

Doing that has worked as she's not really leaning to the inside at all.
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it's not the leaning that I'm really worried. Sonny likes to trip while cantering in circles or turning corners. But he doesn't do it when someone else is riding him, so it's something I'm doing...and I'm trying to figure out what
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I know it wasn't about the leaning, but you asked how people ride the turns, so I told.

Have you tried supporting him throughout the turn, like lifting him up with your legs, and making yourself taller?
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Try what appy said, and also, it's best to keep your horse as upright as you can. If they are leaning a lot they have developed a habit of dropping their inside shoulder too much. Try to lift the shoulder so you don't have to lean either way. It's not really correct to lean, you should just turn your head and sometimes your shoulders in the direction you're turning.
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I will try that, and see what happens. There's still so much stuff I need to work on with Sonny. Thanks Appy
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no problem :)
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You shouldn't lean at all. What you do is keep your body in the center of the horse. A big thing that people do is drop there inside shoulder which you don't want to do because it is a bad habit. Keep your shoulders even as if you were riding a straight line.

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DO NOT LEAN. Move with the horse. If you lean, the horse has to lean in to help you stay in the seat. Just move with the horse.

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Always stay centered. Don't lean one way or the other.


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