Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
I agree with the above, a real trainer would be able to do much more for you than any of us online. However, when I learned it was mostly self-taught (my instructor at the time wasn't much of an instructor...) and what I found helps is to anticipate the movements you'll have to make.
I've heard people describe it as "painting the saddle with your but", which I guess could work for you. You have to roll your hips forward and then backward as the horse rocks the same way. The secret is not being tense, because the more tense your muscles are, the more you'll bounce around. Try keeping a shorter rein so that it forces you to sit a bit more forward (rather than leaning back like you said you do) and make sure to breathe deeply. This keeps your core muscles from bunching up and making you go rigid. Ideally, you should be able to be moving your hips and lower body independently of your torso.
If you find yourself having trouble getting into the rhythm of the canter or you start to bounce at any point, I find it also helps to go into a half seat or 2 point for a bit and then sit back down once you've gotten your rhythm back.
I hope that helped!
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