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  • Correcting upper body movement in canter
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    06-09-2011, 10:11 AM
Talking Need Ideas about sitting more still while cantering

Hey Everyone,
I am a very experienced rider and have been riding for 16 years. I have developed a little problem during my years. I have a very solid leg and steady hands all the time. My only problem is, is that when I pick up the canter I have a twist in body. My body does not stay still. I have tried almost everything to fix it, I have ridden without stirrups for months at a time. My trainer has told me to relax, pretend there is a metal rod up my back, etc. I was hoping you guys have some new ideas that I can try. A major problem is when I focus my attention on trying to stop my upper body movement I lose all focus and am not able to find any of my spots to my jumps, which is absolutely not acceptable. Please feel free to give me any new ideas that you might have in order to fix this.

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    06-10-2011, 06:32 AM
If its such a problem while jumping then I would keep the jumps low, do grids and focus on your position it will help in the long run if you take a step back and stop this problem now before you get into more trouble on bigger jumps. Have you tried having a few lunge lessons? Is the twist in your body always one direction, so say always to the right or always to the inside/outside? If its always to the left or right it could be that a part of your body is out of line I know going to the chiropractor has really straightened out my sister :P
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    06-10-2011, 07:21 AM
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by a twist in your body? Do you mean that you pump with your upper body at the canter?
    06-10-2011, 09:50 AM
I twist both ways of the ring I guess you could say pump. I've tried close to everything even lunge lessons. My jumps are fine however just everything in between the jumps just looks different. I have good horsemanship and can ride any horse well. It just looks a little different
    06-10-2011, 09:59 AM
Is it a sideways twist? From what you've described it sounds like you are tight through your hips/pelvis and compensating for this by allowing the canter motion to travel up through your body and be absorbed in your torso, creating a twisting motion.

Really try to focus on letting your hips swing, think of swinging a hula hoop with your hips! Close your eyes, and just let your pelvis go. When you can relax your pelvis/hips, concentrate on attention on your core. Keep your core engaged, while still allowing your hips to move.
    06-10-2011, 10:10 AM
O but my hips move as well I will post a video
    06-10-2011, 10:59 AM
Originally Posted by sweetchildofmin8    

I lose all focus and am not able to find any of my spots to my jumps, which is absolutely not acceptable. Please feel free to give me any new ideas that you might have in order to fix this.

If you are jumping, shouldn't you be in 2 point vs sitting?
    06-10-2011, 01:17 PM
Yes I am in 2 point over the jump. Im talking about finding my spot to the jump (so before the jump). You have to find your spot before you can even get into 2 point.
    06-10-2011, 01:27 PM
Kayty gave good advice, I would also look into seeing a Chrio to see if perhaps you are out of alignment in your spine, or pelvis that could be causing the effect you are getting.

I understand what you are saying Sweet - I sit 5 strides out as well, because I don't have a natural eye to see my spots either. I like to sit because I then can feel my horse under me, and I can feel when he's going to take off.
    06-10-2011, 01:32 PM
Awaiting the video.

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