Are there benefits to cantering one handed - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 2 Old 08-19-2019, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Are there benefits to cantering one handed

Sometimes I put my reins on my outside hand and place my inside hand on my lower back or hips to start the canter. I have found the lesson horses I ride respond better when I do this. I also feel I have a better sit. Usually I only canter a few strides until the horse comes to a trot because I am still not good at keeping the canter. I got the idea of one handed canter bc sometimes the trainer makes us trot with our inside hand on the hip to correct our body posture and God knows my body posture needs work. I tend to lean forward when asking for the canter with both hands on the reins. I've been looking for articles regarding one handed canter to support my experience but found none. I ask my instructors how I look and they say much better but it's not something they ask their students to do to fix the problem of leaning forward or sitting deep in the saddle when asking for the canter.
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-19-2019, 04:23 AM
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Exercises like this all have a reason and this one is because a rider tends to lean back into their fist thus making you sit deeper.

A warning! This exercise, progresses as a rider progresses by not only leaning back into the hand you have to lift both legs up and away from the saddle so you are sitting on your two seat bones. All done at the trot. Holding your legs up for several strides takes a lot of strength.

You know your problem is tilting forward so try to think of yourself leaning back. If you are behind the vertical doesn't matter as you can always straighten as you progress and it is safer than being forward.

An exercise you can do off the horse is to sit on a swing and start to propel yourself. As you use your seat to push the momentum forward notice which muscles you are using and the pressure on your seat bones, that is the same you need when you are transitioning into a canter and to keep the horse moving forward.
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