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        04-06-2007, 04:17 PM
    big problem

    Heya everyone, I thought that I would share my problem on because I need to sprt it out...
    Basically, iv'e been riding most of my life from the age of 4/5 years old and I have been told that when I canter I rock? Like with the horse it confuses me becasue I don't even know im doing it... is there anything I can do to stop the rocking like any exercises?
    Any help or tips would be appreciated.
    All thanks
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        04-06-2007, 05:59 PM
    I'm not sure what you mean.
    Do you have a video?
        04-07-2007, 03:36 AM
    Green Broke
    Hi, I think I know what you mean. Your lower body, hips, over exagerate the rythm of the canter?
    I've seen quite a lot of riders do it. Its normally to do with leg position and seat, have you got any pics of you cantering?

        04-07-2007, 11:49 AM
    Well I think I know what your talking about, do you mean your moving with the horses stride? Because if you are that can be fixed easily, just sit deep in the saddle, and relax, and be nice and relaxed, be kinda like jello in the saddle. Try that.

    Do you western or english?

        04-08-2007, 03:59 PM
    Heya thanks horse_love999 ill try your idea, and I ride english how about you?
        04-12-2007, 11:08 AM
    I'm going to agree with horse_love, sit down deep. Put your heels down, over exaggerate a bit, just so you'll sit down as deep as you can in your saddle. Once you've fixed the rocking, don't exaggerate it anymore.
    I've done that on a horse that is hard to canter/keep in canter, and rocking helps THEM get in the flow of it. Can you ride a different horse for a day, and possibly see if your still doing it?
        04-12-2007, 04:05 PM
    Yea I can ride my 13:2hh highland or my 12:2 coloured,?? Which do you think woukld be best?
        04-12-2007, 04:20 PM
    It really doesnt matter, just see if you have that problem with other horses
        04-14-2007, 11:45 PM
    Have you've tried crossing your sturrips over your pummel?, I found when I was too bouncey or flying around in the saddle I would stop and do wonders
        04-20-2007, 11:31 PM

    Most people would think that it's ok to rock when you canter, so you are moving with the horse and sort of going with the flow. Consider this, is the person who told you that you rock a real equestrian giving advice, or just a jealous friend? If you are really bothered by it then ask your instructor or another experienced equestrian how to help you with your problem.

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