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post #1 of 4 Old 05-15-2012, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Need help cantering

I take riding lesson's at the ranch near my horse and I'm at the point were I'm learning to canter on western horse. The horse is not my horse, but when I canter I dont know how to keep my butt in the saddle I have to hang on the back of the saddle. and I always make him go to fast and he starts hoping like a rabbit. and when I try to slow him down he comes to a stop.. or I make him stop because it scares me I'm afraid he's going to buck I dont know what to do. I wish I could concur this so I can start showing.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-15-2012, 10:33 PM
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Hmm try dropping your stirrups and reins for a bit to get your balance up then pick up the reins but stay away from the stirrups after you feel comfortable and balanced like that pick back up your stirrups. Do not grab the back of the saddle that will cause pinching and can cause one angry horse. Rely on your seat to speed up and slow down( sit deeper and talk to him) not your hands.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-15-2012, 10:37 PM
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The canter is an upwards motion. If you push your hips forward, your butt will get airtime and slam down, causing his little "rabbit" hops.

What helps is (and this may seem really backwards) stretching down and sitting back just a little so you are slightly behind the motion.

If you cling on for dear life, that's like squeezing a bar of soap.. it goes flying.. and so will you.

Relax.. it's not going to look pretty. Feel free to laugh it up at my canter videos

They are... pretty bad LOL.

Push the horse forward into the bridle.. regardless of English or Western.

See if they'll pop you on the lungeline. Riding without your hands is very helpful. Cantering is really fun once you learn to relax :)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"

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What works pretty good when people first start loping with us is I tell them to push weight into their stirrups when the horse's front foot hits the ground. On the third beat (the leading front foot-fall) you put weight into your stirrups and take the weight out and rest on your butt on the first two beats. You do not stand in your stirrups and you do not lean forward, but with your fanny in the saddle you just push a little more weight in your stirrups on that third beat.

This will keep your butt in the saddle, will keep you straight with your shoulders facing forward and keeps you from twisting in the saddle (which holding onto the back of our saddle will make worse.)

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