Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
All the advice others have given you is great. From someone who is essentially self taught at the canter, I've found that working bareback or stirrup less at a walk and trot first has helped immensely. It forces you to keep the proper position, and also teaches you the proper way to maintain your balance (stretch downward when you get unstable instead of scrunching up).
I had the same problem as you when I first started at a canter, and I've found you really need to be able to relax those core muscles and let yourself "melt" onto the horse. You also need to be doing a sitting trot before moving up into the canter.
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