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post #1 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cantering Help...

So I haven't cantered my horse in forever and im completely out of shape for it and am running into a problem. I can't keep my butt in the saddle so I tend to get in two point at the canter. What tips can you give that would help get me to be able to sit the canter. My old instructor, who seemed to have dissappeared off the face of the earth told me to sit back when cantering. I've also been told to hold the back of the saddle but that is not a option at the moment.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 07:03 PM
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I would not hold the back of the saddle - dangerous. I know you are going to hate this, but the answer is in your trot! Learn to get deep in the saddle during trot and it will be totally natural in canter. Do rising trot, sitting trot, rising, sitting - and lots of it. When you go to canter, sit trot for about 10 seconds prior to asking for canter, and I know this sound rude but.... push your boobs out and lower your shoulders. Then just sit and try to 'go with the movement' - be as relaxed as possible. Hope this helps!
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 07:04 PM
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A couple of threads where I posted my highly inexperienced thoughts:

Scared to canter

Cantering help

You definitely are not alone...
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Will the exercises I did on saturday. I walked then did a round of sitting trot then a round of posting both directions then trotted the long side and walk short side. So that's what I've been working on so far..my horses attention span is very short so I try to mix things up a bit
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I never hold the back of the saddle as I thought it wasnt safe either.
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 08:21 PM
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how is holding the back of the saddle dangerous
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 08:26 PM
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Well, unless you are holding with both hands (and I think anyone could see that that would be particularly dangerous), then you are twisting your upper body to hold on to the back of the saddle, meaning you are unbalanced, and probably throwing your horse off- balance too. I should imagine that the lack of control while holding on to the back of your saddle would also be obvious, and finally, I can not imagine one reason why this would help anyone with their canter anyways.
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post #8 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 08:52 PM
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Holding the back of the saddle would almost have to stiffen your back. I'm no expert in catering, not by a very long shot, but "stiff" and "riding" are words that don't fit well into a sentence. A loose back allowing the hips to roll seems pretty important to me.
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I just got done riding and did posting sittng and two point and ill admit im stiff and not as soft and supple as id like and part of it is back issues im having. But I have been feeling really good the last two weeks and my backs doing great and the more I've been riding the more supple im starting to feel
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 09:54 PM
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YOur horse might have a canter that is harder to sit to than some. Horses vary a lot on this. One image that helps me to sit down INTO Mac is to think of myself as riding INSIDE his barrel, like my seatbones being 6 inches inside his body. If that were so, I would have to move with him.

I suck at two point!
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