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post #1 of 5 Old 05-14-2012, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help With antering Position!

Okay. So I used to ride at an advanced hunter jumper stable, and we were taught to half-seat the canter.
Recently I have changed stables, and we have to be able to full seat and half seat the canter. I am having trouble staying back in the saddle for a full seat canter, especially on the horses I am riding that have long, fast strides.
Any tips to help my positioning when cantering in a full seat?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-15-2012, 08:17 AM
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Rock back on your hips for the up beat, and push down through your butt bones for the up beat. The canter is an up and down motion, just as much as a back and forth motion. Keep your hip joints loose and relaxed and flowing with the horse. Feel the stride all the way through your legs and mold into the rhythm.
My first jumper pony had quick little strides that were jarring to sit to, I had to literally slow everything down in my head and just feel how he moved. Try going bareback for a few rides, and If your horse will follow the rail while you figure it out, close your eyes for three or four strides at a time, and focus really hard on how he moves, and rocking with him. Remember to keep relaxed and loose. Good luck :)
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I went through the same transition!! It helps to keep you shoulders back and have your hips roll with the horses back. It take lots of practice lol!

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Step 1. Do a bunch of mounted exercises to loosen up your hips and lower back.

Step 2. Drop stirrups and canter. You'll find the correct sitting position very quickly.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-20-2012, 12:41 AM
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I won't drop my stirrups in case I lose balanced, but in order to force myself to sit, I have to consciously relax my legs and pick my feet up off the stirrups just a little bit so I cannot brace against them. I found my seat pretty quick. Just remember to [sit down] and keep your shoulders back. You have to sit up and you will fall into it just fine. AND [BREATHE]. Please breathe, lol.

Over thinking the canter and my seat, and trying to move my pelvis with the horse, well let's say I looked very snaky in the saddle lol. Don't over think, don't worry about how to move. Just sit down and relax. And practice. A lot. I've spent entire hour long lessons cantering circles around my instructor just to relax and sit and get used to just sitting and breathing.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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