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post #11 of 20 Old 05-07-2015, 10:25 AM
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I just had this break through the other day. I was riding a hooligan horse and I felt like a sack of potatoes, but suddenly my mind said "ride the horse!" (cheesy I know). I was able to match his motion and get him completely under control.

Get everything out of your head and tell yourself to ride the horse. Sit up straight - but not tensed, and try to match the horses movement. Not sure if it will work for you, but for some reason it did for me.
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post #12 of 20 Old 05-07-2015, 12:32 PM
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that's a good way to think of it. since riding is a lot more active than we like to think. I mean, if you have to strength in your body, you will be thrown around like an inanimate object. you have to have enough tone in your body to make it match the hrose, and then be able to make the horse match YOU!.
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post #13 of 20 Old 05-08-2015, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, crosscountry. It is so simple in theory.

My biggest thing is that I need to just relax, keep breathing, and quit worrying about the mechanics of cantering, I think.

I'm riding tomorrow, so I will let you know how things went.
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post #14 of 20 Old 05-08-2015, 02:10 PM
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i've been working on my seat these past few weeks and have been thinking 'sit on my pockets' (my instructor says while not bad compared to most hunt/jump riders - i have a slight arch in my lower back and 'sitting on my pockets' is the best visual that works for me to straighten that mini-arch out).

While on a trail ride last weekend, riding western for fun, this new horse had a particularly bouncy trot and i started posting for comfort as an initial gut reaction.

Then I tried it again specifically thinking sit straight - on my jean pockets. I ended up sitting the trot a lot better in general when i tried to keep those jean pockets on the saddle and otherwise just relax. Same was true for the canter.
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Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-08-2015, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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hmmmm... gossalyn. Good ideas. I think when I am riding tomorrow I will try that when I sit to the trot (and canter).
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post #16 of 20 Old 05-08-2015, 06:02 PM
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For me to finally get it, I had to realize that I had to tip my pelvis back for a fraction of a second before tipping it forward right after. If you just scoop forward (tipping pelvis forward), you miss part of the rhythm and beat.

The beats in my ear are:
Dum
Da-Da
Dum
Da-Da
Dum

You arch your lower back (tilt pelvis back) during "Da-Da"
And then curve it (tilt pelvis forward) during "Dum".

Children, cover your eyes: [Sorry to put it like this, but to me, it's kind of like the same motion you use during ... uh... coitus, if you're a female.]

Here's a video where you can see that motion pretty clearly.

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post #17 of 20 Old 05-08-2015, 06:44 PM
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This is my fav instructional video for the canter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg3nlPLe95Q

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Respect......rapport......impulsion......flexion.. .
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post #18 of 20 Old 05-08-2015, 07:55 PM
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For me to finally get it, I had to realize that I had to tip my pelvis back for a fraction of a second before tipping it forward right after. If you just scoop forward (tipping pelvis forward), you miss part of the rhythm and beat.

The beats in my ear are:
Dum
Da-Da
Dum
Da-Da
Dum

You arch your lower back (tilt pelvis back) during "Da-Da"
And then curve it (tilt pelvis forward) during "Dum".

Children, cover your eyes: [Sorry to put it like this, but to me, it's kind of like the same motion you use during ... uh... coitus, if you're a female.]
I'm not sure how using a TV remote control relates to riding.
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post #19 of 20 Old 05-11-2015, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. Thanks for more good ideas here!

I love this forum....

I rode Saturday. Boy was it HOT HOT HOT. I cantered a bit indoors and GOT IT. Sit on his butt. Ride the pockets. Those things worked for me. I was able to stay in the saddle.

Not perfect, but definitely getting there.

Then we went outdoors. I didn't go crazy out there because it was so hot, but I found it harder to stay seated when I was cantering down a hill, for example, than in a nice flat arena.

But I'm getting it... finally...

Thanks again.
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post #20 of 20 Old 05-18-2015, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Another ride this past Saturday... another successful time of cantering!!!! I'm getting there!
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