Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
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.