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post #1 of 6 Old 03-21-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Need some pointers on canter ASAP!

I've been riding for four years and recently noticed I'm having some trouble with cantering. I try to hold my leg still to keep from swinging, but I cant sit comftorable and relaxed at all. I watch other girls canter and it looks so natural....not mine. I feel un-organized stiff and messy. No idea how to fix this!
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-21-2011, 03:36 PM
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You can always try some exercises on and off the horse. And sometimes you feel like you are messy but look fine. You could post a picture or video on here to see if there is a problem. That would probably help us help yo. Good luck!

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 09:52 PM
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Ride in shorts in a leather saddle one day! Your legs will kinda stick to the leather (especially if its hot and your sweating) and it will help you get that feel for it. Of course you can't do this all the time. But I have a hard time sitting the canter in my dressage saddle without my legs moving because my legs are a bit weak. I was trying out a new saddle that was extremely grippy, so grippy my legs felt glued in place. It was so easy to sit the trot, canter, everything. Went back to my old saddle the next day and found it a whole lot easier to sit and keep my legs still! Becuase I got a good feel of it in the other saddle. Of course this may not work for you but hey its worth a try haha.

But in more serious note, you just have to relax. Sink your weight down into your heels and relax your butt. Lots of two point at the trot and canter will help you strengthen your legs as I assume your problem may be from weak legs.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 09:59 PM
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Ever hula hoop? While not a round and round motion, following the motion of the canter is a lot like the hip motion involved in hula hoop-ing. Just try to stay loosie-goosie in you hips and eventually it will click. Most people canter much better in one direction than the other, so try both ways to figure out your better direction to give yourself a better feel of it.

Most importanty, don't worry about what other riders are doing. If I worried about everyone who appeared to rider better than me, I'd never advance in my riding at all. Some have been riding since they were old enough to walk. Others started much later in life. Just go at your own pace. It'll come.

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-24-2011, 12:21 AM
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Yeah, I think most riders have some trouble with the canter at times. I went out today and we did several long canters. going for a long time helps because it allows you time to kind of settle and to realize that you can canter and think at the same time. I found myself thinking about the different parts of my body and checking in to see if I was all good. Sometimes , I felt myslef coming off the saddle and I knew that I had stopped being loose in my hips, so I'd fix that. Then, I'd feel that I was about to lose a right stirrup, so I knew that I was gripping up on that side (old habit) and i'd drop that leg down.
So, if you can canter for a good long time you will have time to change some of these things during the canter, and you may need to change them over and over again. I think most average riders have moments that are really good and some that aren't and it's just a matter of making the good ones more and more frequent.
But, I've been riding for 11 years and I still get a little nervous at the canter.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-24-2011, 01:15 AM
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Ever hula hoop? While not a round and round motion, following the motion of the canter is a lot like the hip motion involved in hula hoop-ing. Just try to stay loosie-goosie in you hips and eventually it will click. Most people canter much better in one direction than the other, so try both ways to figure out your better direction to give yourself a better feel of it.

Most importanty, don't worry about what other riders are doing. If I worried about everyone who appeared to rider better than me, I'd never advance in my riding at all. Some have been riding since they were old enough to walk. Others started much later in life. Just go at your own pace. It'll come.
I gotta agree with this one and couldn't have said it better myself.

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