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    08-08-2007, 08:10 AM
Tina, if you can do sitting trot why wouldn't you try to use your legs tight around the horse on canter and try to keep yourself straight. And try a real slow gait (lope, not canter).

I'm not sure about falling off, but some horses have horrible canter, which hard to keep balance on. I did run in such horses couple times while working at the selling farm. Can it be case as well? Can you try a different horse with soft lope?
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    08-11-2007, 09:22 PM
Yes, I'm going to be trying a different horse this Monday so we will see how it goes. We might just do jumping tho, not too sure yet. Anyways I will write later on Monday after work.
    08-18-2007, 12:27 AM
I think it's weird that you are jumping and you cannot canter yet.

The way I learned was walk, trot(sitting and posting) ,canter, and then we started jumping. Idk maybe you can learn differently
    08-23-2007, 07:26 PM
That is pretty weird. So do only jump trotting? I learned all the basics befor jumping.
    08-23-2007, 07:46 PM
Well with some horses they're canta is hard to sit to like Dana's so I often use the two point
    08-24-2007, 03:39 PM
This is pretty simple to fix actually. The reason you feel tilted forward and then fall is because your weight is pitched forward on the horse's front end, and then gravity just does it's thing. So the big thing to remember is to SIT BACK. DON'T grip with your legs. You need to develop an independent seat, and griping is a no-no when developing one.

It might be easier for you to go into the canter from a sitting trot, IF the horse does not do a really fast trot before going into the canter.

So, in order for a horse to canter, his weight must shift to his hind quarters, causing the front end to become light. You want to have a rocking horse effect in the horse's body. So it would make sense that as a rider, we need to do in our body what we want our horse to be able to do in his body. We can't just sit up there in a static position and expect the horse to be able to move correctly and efficiantly.

So picture what a horse looks like when they canter. Then do that in your own body. Sit BACK on your butt (that's why God gave us butts lol) and start to "canter" in your body. Say you want the left lead. Do little leaps in your body and lead with your left arm, mirroring the horse's left front leg. Do what you want your horse to do. You can also sit on your thumb (outside hand) while keeping the reins in your inside hand. This will keep your weight back and release tension in your back, especially in your lower back.

When the horse goes into the canter KEEP YOUR BUTT ON YOUR THUMB! Imagine your legs being loose and flowing. Canter for a few strides then ask for a trot or walk.
    09-02-2007, 03:47 AM
Originally Posted by bee
try holding the pommel of the saddle with one hand and you reins with the other and lean back a bit. And sit trot a few beats before you canter.
I strongly disagree, holding the pommel will tilt her forward and throw off her balance, not the solution for someone who's falling forward. If she needs to hold onto something, the cantle would help much more. If she holds the cantle she can sit deep in the saddle and keep herself from popping forward.
    09-02-2007, 07:17 AM
Sorry wild feathers but I have to disagree with you.
Why would you want to hold the back of a saddle when you ride with your arms in front of you?
I used to work at a riding school, and when people were first learning and feeling the canter that's what we used to get them to do.
I also stated to 'lean back' a bit.
Anyway everyone to thier own.
    09-02-2007, 01:30 PM
Jumping before learning to canter is a HUGE nono. I can't believe your instructor would actually let you do that. It's so dangerous- the horse could easily land cantering, then you'd be toast.

Anyway, how are you starting? When I learned to canter (I was about eight at the time, lol), my instructor put me on a lunge line. She tied the reins up, and I just held onto the saddle to get the feel for cantering before trying on my own.

If you're falling off, maybe your heels aren't down far enough? Make sure to keep your body tall, too.
    09-04-2007, 04:36 AM
Oh and may I also say,when you put your hand behind you your shoulder automaticaly moves foward.

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