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  • I keep bouncing off while cantering horse
  • Tips to keep your butt in the saddle when cantering

 
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    12-11-2007, 03:37 PM
  #1
Weanling
bouncing at the canter

Does anyone have any tips for keeping my butt in the saddle while cantering? If it involves cantering without stirrups I'm definitely not ready for that because every time I go into the corners the centrifigal force pulls me to the outside. My horse is also a little spazzy at the canter so slowing down the canter is a bit difficult with her. So what can I do?
     
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    12-11-2007, 05:48 PM
  #2
Foal
Well I was going to say try no stirrups..maybe try it on a more experienced horse? Or try and get a lunge lesson, it really makes a difference! Maybe you could try just walking and trotting without stirrups for now? It would really help with your balance.

Erm, I guess just try and relax and don't brace yourself against the movement, put a hand on the pommel if you feel unbalanced. Lunge lessons are great 'coz you can just think about yourself not the horse.

Good luck.. it will come in time and with practice. [:
     
    12-11-2007, 06:29 PM
  #3
Trained
Re: bouncing at the canter

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Originally Posted by blossom856
does anyone have any tips for keeping my butt in the saddle while cantering? If it involves cantering without stirrups I'm definitely not ready for that because every time I go into the corners the centrifigal force pulls me to the outside. My horse is also a little spazzy at the canter so slowing down the canter is a bit difficult with her. So what can I do?
sounds like you need to relax a little bit more. The main thing that will make this happen is if you are all stiff and tense. Relax your legs and push down through your heels and relax your upper body so you can move with the horse. And make sure to sit back just the tiniest bit. This may also help slow her canter a bit. Another thing you can do to slow her canter is half halts.

I would only suggest grabbing the pommel if you feel off balance as IME this can also make you tense up as your arm seems to straighten and stiffen when you do this. Relax and enjoy the ride :)
     
    12-11-2007, 08:25 PM
  #4
Weanling
Re: bouncing at the canter

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Originally Posted by jazzyrider

I would only suggest grabbing the pommel if you feel off balance as IME this can also make you tense up as your arm seems to straighten and stiffen when you do this. Relax and enjoy the ride :)
I agree with this - IME I have found that holding the pommel also can cause you to lean foward a little and as a result - pushes your legs onto your horses side, we certainly don't want him to take off on you because you have asked him to go faster without realising that you have done it.

Try sitting down into the saddle a bit more - almost sloach for lack of a better word until you find your center and feel more balanced - you will find that as you improve, you will straighten back up without realising that you have done it!

Keep us posted on how you go with this
     
    12-12-2007, 12:47 PM
  #5
Foal
Oh yeah.. I kinda didn't mean hold the pommel when you're cantering, just if you're going round a corner or something and you feel you need to balance yourself. >.<
     
    12-12-2007, 12:52 PM
  #6
Weanling
Instead of focusing on keeping your butt in the saddle, concentrate on other things that will improve your riding. For example, think about your feet & the amount of weight you are carrying on them. Do you put too much weight in your stirrups or not enough weight? Too much weight in your stirrups will cause your leg to be in the wrong position. Not enough weight in your stirrups will cause you to lose the stirrup and you will become unbalanced.

So the next time you go riding, play a little game with yourself. Really exaggerate carrying your weight in your feet for awhile. Then do just the opposite - see how light you can be in your stirrups. Start out doing this at the walk and trot until you are prepared for this to be your only focus when you move up to the canter. When you can readily adjust the amount of weight you carry in your feet, then move on to another focus - like leg position, keeping your knee soft and bent in line with proper riding position (shoulder, hip, heel). Don't focus on your butt, because my guess is that your butt isn't the problem!
     
    12-12-2007, 09:00 PM
  #7
Foal
What I do is I pivet at the waist (or belly button). Just let your butt move with the horse. It will come with time
     

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