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    05-11-2011, 05:01 PM
In saddle/out of saddle on hacks/trails?

When cantering do you stand out of your seat or sit in it? I haven't cantered out of my seat yet but im starting going out on hacks more and I don't the girl I go with wants to walk and trot the whole way. So how do you do it? Is it just your jumping position or what? Sorry for being so clueless.
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    05-11-2011, 08:48 PM
I use a light seat for the slower rolling canters. For a more brisk canter, I use a modified galloping position. Out of the saddle, but a bit closer to the tack in case he spooks at something or does something otherwise stupid. I personally don't like sitting in a full seat on trails. Terrain is too uneven. It's not comfortable for me, and I feel like I'm bouncing around on my horse's back unnecessarily.
    05-11-2011, 09:08 PM
MyBoyPuck explained it well.

In general I like to be out of my tack as much as possible on a trail ride; I even do my first couple of long trot sets in two point. However, I have a very stable, trustworthy horsse. I very rarely ride the canter sitting unless I am riding defensively for some reason or in a downward transition.

I would recommend getting comfortabe riding the canter in both seats and some inbetween positions before attempting it out on the trail.

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