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post #1 of 19 Old 08-07-2010, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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I canter...and i FLYYY

I try not to, i fly so high out of the saddle Any way to help this?
Could my weight affect it at all? (I am extremely light, 98lbs. 17yrs old)
I try sitting back i fly higher, sitting deeper often times causes my to tense up trying. Any thoughts opinions or mindsets i could adopt while working on sittings this better?
I don't slam down of course i maintain the rocking motion, but boy to i come high out of that saddle.....
i will try to attach a video at some point as this one may not work...i know they work from youtube, but i don't have an account, this is from facebook. If no cigar i will be off to make an account!


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edit*obviously it did not..... ugh....
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edit2* "upload failed due to unknown error..." ANYWAYYSS......any tips withtout the video you were obviously not meant to see?

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I haven't seen the videos, but have you tried sitting up straight? I know, espcially at the trot, that this greatly helps asorb the impact of the trot and helps keep the rider from bouncing all over the place. It may improve some of the bouncing
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I try sitting back i fly higher, sitting deeper often times causes my to tense up trying. Any thoughts opinions or mindsets i could adopt while working on sittings this better?
I don't slam down of course i maintain the rocking motion, but boy to i come high out of that saddle.....
You do want to sit straight and deep, and in my experience, the 'tensing up' (normal) reaction is usually the cause of bouncing. When your lower body is tense, even if you mantain a rocking motion your hips tend to be out of sync with the motion of the horse. Take a deep breath, relax, don't think to much, and practice.

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post #4 of 19 Old 08-07-2010, 08:39 AM
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I agree with the above posters..
I weigh 85 pounds and I can sit my horses canter.. granted, he has an awesome smooth canter. haha So you can do it too!! ;)

It takes a lot of time, and I think that once your understand the tempo and motion of your horses canter.. it will make it easier. Pretend your seat is glued to the saddle, and sit really deep and tall. Get used the tempo and rhythm of your horse's 1,2,3 1,2,3 canter beat.. and relax your seat while lengthing your legs.

Maybe practice trotting without stirrups and such..? It helped me learn to lengthen my body and relax, plus you have no stirrups for support so you have to use your seat to stay in balance and on the horse.

Don't worry! It will get easier!
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I agree with the above posters..
I weigh 85 pounds and I can sit my horses canter.. granted, he has an awesome smooth canter. haha So you can do it too!! ;)

It takes a lot of time, and I think that once your understand the tempo and motion of your horses canter.. it will make it easier. Pretend your seat is glued to the saddle, and sit really deep and tall. Get used the tempo and rhythm of your horse's 1,2,3 1,2,3 canter beat.. and relax your seat while lengthing your legs.

Maybe practice trotting without stirrups and such..? It helped me learn to lengthen my body and relax, plus you have no stirrups for support so you have to use your seat to stay in balance and on the horse.

Don't worry! It will get easier!

I do a lot of trotting without the stirrups and can sit that well with and without them.

Well, thank you everyone!!! All great advise i will try next time i get a chance! "my" horse is actually a lease horse and i don't have him this month. Thank you all!
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-09-2010, 02:13 AM
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Nice ideas!
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Stick a $5 note under your backside and keep it there ;)
See if you can get a parent or someone to 'donate' to your cause of sitting in the saddle, and 'up the bounty' so to speak - if you can keep the note there after a good canter, you keep it!

Cantering without stirrups, makes it a hell of a lot harder to get air when you don't have stirrups to rely on.

Try riding with your reins in one hand (I'm guessing you ride english?), this seems to have the effect of making people sit back into the saddle as you have to rely more on your seat to control the horse rather than your reins.

Hold your core muscles, it's all good and well to force yourself down into the saddle and 'rock' with the canter, but if you're not holding your upper body and pelvis steady and in control with those core muscles, you'll have no hope. You stomach should burn by the end of a ride.
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Again good ideas to be tried! Yes, english. I don't think i'm brave enough for stirrupless yet haha! good idea though, as that is what got my sitting trot.
I knooooowwww that 5 dollars will be gone many times before i can keep it lol
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Haha I think you would be surprised with the $5 trick, you will be so focused on keeping that backside in the saddle, and have an added incentive to do so. Give it a shot ;) Of maybe just try with a bit of paper or something to start with, keep it under your backside for say 5 canter strides then go back to trot.
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relaxing is definately the key I think, instead of thinking about digging down into the saddle, think of relaxing down into it, breathe deeply in and out, I find this instantly relaxes me, then work on rocking with the horse but still be relaxed, my instructor gives me the imagery of pushing the horse up hill to try and get the right motion and feeling to sit the canter, you can start by exaggerating the movement and then refining it. and make sure you let your weight fall into your heels.

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