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post #1 of 5 Old 11-10-2011, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Cantering Bareback?

I've been riding bareback a lot lately (actually almost exclusively) and I didn't run into any problems until I started cantering. I don't have problems with my seat at the walk or trot, even when it's more forward. In fact, from what I could tell my biggest problem were that my hands were 'busier' than they should have been.

However, when I ask Gypsy to canter I immediately tense up. I lean forward, grip with my knees, and balance off my hands. I feel bad cantering her because I end up pulling on the reins WAY more than I should along with the other seat problems. I know part of my problem is that Gypsy has a very quick canter that feels very off balance. She leans her whole body into the turn and almost bends towards the outside (or as I have heard people describe it 'turning like a motorcycle'). So that just makes me tense up more and throw her off balance even more.

What should I be doing to work with how she turns? I know I will need to do some work with a saddle, but I don't know what I should be doing really. What should I be working on with my balance?

Any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-10-2011, 05:25 PM
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I guess I'd go in stage. Work with her and the corners under saddle, and then practice riding a steady canter without a contact, so you know you don't need to rely on reins to balance yourself. Then canter without stirrups. Then try bareback.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-10-2011, 05:43 PM
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Would you happen to know hot to neck rein? I always grab mane with one hand and ride with other, that way I don't have to rely on the reins to keep my balance

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-10-2011, 05:58 PM
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She needs to learn how to carry herself and a rider properly at a canter. Are you giving her enough rein and leg support on the turns? Don't let her drop her shoulder in.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-10-2011, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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I try to give her a rein and leg support around the turns, but she doesn't seem to respond to them well. I work on leg aids and such at the trot and she responds just fine, but once we start cantering she just ignores them.
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