12-14-2009, 12:25 AM
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Question - I am left to assume that you do not sit between your fences? You remain up in a 2 point or forward seat position throughout your whole course?
What level to you do compete at? I'm quite surprised that you do not know how to ride a canter with your seat in the saddle.
To ride a canter, you have to be relaxed first and foremost. You also have to be balanced. You sit on all 3 points of your seat *both seat bones and crotch* with your lower back strait.
You canot be pinching or gripping with your knees, but your lower leg must be stabalized with your heels absorbing all of your bodies weight. Realx and breath out, allowing your seat to "sweep" your saddle while in the canter motion.
Your lower back should be acting as a shock absorber/spring - moving with your horses motion. Your upper body should be quiet, tall while your lower back and seat are taking in all the movement.