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IheartPheobe 07-13-2009 05:49 PM

Cantering... HELP!
I'm having a lot of trouble sating in my saddle and not slamming on G's back when we canter. I need help. What can I do with my seat and such? I know how to keep from bouncing at the trot, but I have a lot of trouble cantering!

Ahsisi 07-13-2009 07:41 PM

Are you sitting back on your butt? If you are, try rolling forward onto your actual "seat bones". It is like you are going to roll your hips forward a bit instead of sitting on your butt. Make sense? Then just try to stay with the motion of your horse. I know...easier said than done...also, try to keep your heel underneath your hips. You always want a straight line from your shoulder to your hip to your heel. Try to lengthen your leg down and then wrap it around your horses barrel to hold your leg tight. I hope this helps some! Good luck!

IheartPheobe 07-13-2009 07:43 PM

I have some trouble wrapping my legs around his stomach.. my legs hang way past it... haha.
Thanks for the advice =]]

Ahsisi 07-16-2009 09:59 AM

Lol...having a long leg should actually make it easier to wrap your leg around him. The hard part is when you are on the shorter side and your leg only hits half way down his barrel. Good luck!

RideroftheWind 07-16-2009 12:01 PM

I have a couple tips, hopefully they're helpful. When I started cantering, I had the same problems. What I did is start with the half-seat canter. That's when you lean forward a little more than usual and stand up in your stirrups. Bend your arms to his stride so you don't hit your horse in the mouth with the bit. Move your hips with his stride.
Once you are comfaterable with that, sit back a little. Move your hands to his stride and rock your hips. You can also straighten you legs when you feel the bounce, and the bend them when you don't. It keeps you from bouncing so much.
As for your legs, squeeze with your thighs. The horse can't feel it so much because you're squeezing against the saddle, but it will keep you ballanced. Keep your legs still, and wrap them around the horse's sides.
Oh, and also don't let the reins flap around. Keep them nice and short. That way you can have good control over your horse and make sure that he doesn't speed up too much.
I hope I was helpful. :)

awsomehorsie 07-21-2009 12:40 AM

Umm well just move your hips with your horse (as RideroftheWind has suggested) and also keep your thighs on tight.. and i used to bounce too and my trainer said to think there are pockets on your butt and try to sit on the pockets hahaa

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