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post #11 of 13 Old 04-08-2016, 12:49 PM
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If you were my student, I think I would have you cantering up in two point for a couple more lessons. Your lower leg and core need a bit more strength, but overall you're doing very well for as much experience as you have.
Keep in mind I typically over-prepare my students, so your instructor isn't necessarily teaching you incorrectly, she just moves at a different pace.

As for confidence, I honestly believe that with more practice and more strength, that will just come naturally.

You're doing very well! :) A little more muscle on those bones and you'll be rocking it out in no time!
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While I was working as a riding instructor the policy at the place, and it was something that our boss (a very experienced horseman and riding instructor) would never tire of saying, that being good at sitting trot would make you good at cantering.
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-18-2016, 10:04 PM
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i agree with anrew. practice your sitting trot.

when you picked up your canter, you leaned forward, your arms went completely straight, and your hips were pretty rigid. you need to bring your upper body back (not a lot or youll be too far back, just enough so your shoulder is over your hip, not in front of it) and relax the hips, let them roll into the canter. with a stiff midsection, your going to get jarred at the canter, sit back on your butt bones and rock those hips.
the best exercise for that, is sitting the trot. it forces you to relax the hip, sit deep in the saddle and go with your horses motion. i often have students practice it without stirrups at first, so they arent bracing on the stirrup and causing themselves difficulty. but the best thing you can do is just relax.
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