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    05-15-2011, 07:28 PM
  #1
Weanling
Problem with cantering , feel like im a passenger.

In canter I feel like im a passanger just sitting on top of him. I have no real control over him , I just go were he goes if that makes sense.
What I want to know is how can I take control?
Right now if I tried cantering a circle I probably couldn't , then again I havent tried.
I just want to take control.
I wont be having lessons for a while for several reasons so any help would be appreciated.
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    05-16-2011, 01:37 PM
  #2
Foal
I would say you need to do more trotting work to focus on the half halt and controlling your horse with your seat. If you have total control of these things at the trot, transitioning to the canter should be a breeze. All you would need to do should you loose control is half halt and close your seat. My instuctor use to always tell me to imagine sitting in melting chocolate. Either way I would say you need to work on controlling the speed in the trot with your seat.
     
    05-16-2011, 01:39 PM
  #3
Foal
Oh and once you work on cantering lots of transitions. Canter three steps, close seat, trot three steps, ask for canter, canter three steps, repeat, repeat, repeat. But, make sure you are not bracing with the reins when you canter. This will only make your horse brace and run off.
     
    05-16-2011, 02:16 PM
  #4
Weanling
What do you mean by close seat?
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    05-16-2011, 02:27 PM
  #5
Foal
To ask for upward transitions I give my leg signal and "lift" my seat. In other words I open my hips. It helps if you imagine the energy flowing through your hips. To close my seat I imagine cutting off the motion with my hips. I tighten my inner thighs and feel as if I am sinking into something, like the chocolate as my instructor use to say. It is hard to explain it if you do not have someone to show you. Let me try to find an article for you.
     
    05-16-2011, 03:36 PM
  #6
Foal
I agree with Loyalty09 about doing more sessions in the walk and trot before attempting any canter.

Also it may be your horse trying to tell you s/he is in some discomfort? Make sure back, teeth and tack are checked if they haven't already just incase.
     
    05-16-2011, 07:59 PM
  #7
Started
Are you riding english or western?

From your description, it sounds like you are neither using your seat or your legs to influence your horse. I would for starters, go back to basics; working at the trot solidifying your position. Make sure your leg is underneath you, your heel is down, you are sitting up tall, you have bend in your elbows and that you are looking up.

Once you have that down pat, you can then move up to the canter and work on influencing your horse and not just being a passenger who is probably getting in the way of his movements. Start of on the right beat by asking the horse to take off correctly. Make sure he strikes off on the correct lead and that he is not rushing into the canter. That only makes the canter itself worse if he is running into it and then you spend a lot of time balancing him back up. When you ask for the canter, he should do it right away or at least within two trot or walk strides. If he doesn't, bring him back and ask again. Once he has taken off nicely into the canter, assuming you are riding english, establish your position. Make sure you have your heel down, your leg underneath your seat, your butt deep in the saddle, sitting up tall and good bend in your elbows. Put your leg onto your horse and at the same time take up more contact with the bit. This should help him to re-balance and ease up if he's just doing his own thing. Keep this contact and push him forward with your legs. Move your body with him. You don't want to be as stiff as a pole but you do not want to be pumping with your hips.

I would try and keep it short and sweet for a bit. If he goes great for you, bring him back to a trot or walk. Don't drag it out and risk him falling apart. Transitions will help as well to keep his attention on you and your body language. :)
     

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