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    12-09-2013, 11:30 AM
Are your stirups possibly a touch long so you arent able to use your legs properly?

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    12-11-2013, 03:13 AM
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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    12-11-2013, 11:31 AM
Or too short in the stirrup... that can cause issue as well. Not as common with a western saddle but it does happen.
    12-13-2013, 12:43 PM
My trainer had me do what Roux suggested. I had never heard of holding on tomthe back of the saddle with one hand, but it really works!!!

She also had me ride without the stirrups when I cantered. Once I felt the correct movement, I stopped bouncing all around.
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