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post #11 of 12 Old 09-23-2015, 10:07 PM
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It might be best to get the help of someone who can see you ride and is able to coach you. You called yourself "Inexperience Rider" so that may mean you need lessons/coaching.
^^ This.

It's my strong opinion one can not teach oneself to be a good rider. A knowledgeable coach is an essential part of learning to ride, and a knowledgeable coach will tell you the answer to questions like yours *during* a lesson.

Please note that "the daughter of the barn owners second cousins brother" is often not a knowledgeable coach just because he hangs around with the horses every now and then. Make sure your coach has experience, can ride professional his/herself, and ideally...has formal training or certificates of some sort for coaching.
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post #12 of 12 Old 09-29-2015, 02:48 PM
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In addition to what has been said, it's good to attack your issues on all angles.

I get my instructors input, I watch videos, I read books, I get live feedback here-- all on the same issues. You would never guess how many times I have been riding and repeating in my head what TX Horseman or Tiny has said on this forum, or when I'm doing something non-horse related and can hear my trainers voice in my ear coaching me through it! So, absorb as much as you can from as many (credible) sources that you can!

I think at first, everyone feels bouncy/unbalanced the first time you canter. I remember the first time I did, it felt like that first moment when you're on an airplane and it lifts off of the runway and your stomach drops a little. But knowing what your body is doing, your horses body, what lead they are on, where your legs are, etc will help relax your seat and make cantering enjoyable.
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