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    Default Woeful Canter Seat

    Im struggling with my seat, especially in canter. My instructor says my seat is fine in walk and trot. However, when I canter I seem to lose it altogether. I move around a lot in the saddle and in videos it looks like my upper body rocks backwards and forwards. I also find that my lower leg position isnt secure and I find it hard to give any useful leg aids & keep the horse going forwards. Feeling a bit frustrated with myself. I do have a wonky pelvis which I see an osteopath for & do Pilates. Any helpful advice appreciated.

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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    I can sympathise with your frustration..I tend to be a bit stiff in the upper body and also find it hard to give much in the way of leg aids resulting in the canter fizzling out at times. My hips and back have a bit of arthritis but I think its just me! Going to video next week and see whats happening. On a lighter note I am having so much fun as even the mention of the ''c'' word used to get me in a panic. I even resorted to singing out loud.

    I am sure someone will give you some useful info......

    Shirl

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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    The best way to develop a good seat in canter is to ride without stirrups. A lesson or two on the lunge to build your confidence without stirrups might help, before trying off the lunge. If you have a mechanical horse simulator in the area, a few sessions on that might help too. It doesn't feel exactly the same a riding a real horse, as there is no feedback from the 'animal' but it does help to loosen your muscles.
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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    I would echo that - also work standing in your stirrups. Not light seat but standing straight up at walk and at trot. (Use a neck strap so you don;t catch the horse in the mouth if you wobble) It does wonders for the stability of the lower leg.

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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    No advice to offer sorry, just to let you know I'm the same. The vids show I'm a lot better without stirrups strangely. Lots to improve on this year but like you Shirl the 'C' word panics are over thank goodness.

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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumtytum View Post
    No advice to offer sorry, just to let you know I'm the same. The vids show I'm a lot better without stirrups strangely. Lots to improve on this year but like you Shirl the 'C' word panics are over thank goodness.
    Not tried the no stirrups....but up for it though..lol Do standing in stirrups in walk and trot with no problem..Sitting trot is ok but the cob I ride in the RS is a bit bouncy. One of these days i'll not look like a numpty/stiff...

    Shirl

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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    The thing that helped me most with canter was being told to imagine bouncing a rubber ball with your hand. When the ball reaches your hand, you continue to lift the hand as you slow the ball and then push it back down. Canter is like that. As the horse's back comes up underneath you, you keep coming up with it, and then sink down again with the horse's back.

    Make sure you sit with your inside seatbone further forward than your outside one, too. Squidge your inside hip forwards as you ask for canter with the outside leg back a little.

    And don't listen to anyone who tells you to polish the saddle with your bum, that's not right, you shouldn't be polishing anything

    I hope some of that helps.
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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    Thanks ycbm I'm going to try what you suggested in next Tuesday's lesson.

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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    Hi...Don't despair, it just takes time I have the same problem of keeping my legs on !!......I guess being short doesn't help as there is not much leg to use !!.....my arms never seem to stay still either. Instructor shouts.......keep the leg on.......maybe it doesn't look like I am doing anything but I am trying hard !!

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/sptrrwhlh8...Zorro.mp4?dl=0

    The white horse is alas not me ..........I am on the wee black and white cob a mile behind. Could have set up the camera better.

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    Default Re: Woeful Canter Seat

    I used to have this problem a lot. Then my instructor told me to sit in and office/computer chair and sit up straight, then lean back into the chair and then sit up straight again. This is the motion your upper body makes in canter. Try to think of that, keeping your upper body back more than forwards. And don't forget to sway with the movement in canter, hips loose and on your bum!

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