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sophxx

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sophxx says:

some advice for cantering

Iv been cantering for a year but where most people sit down  in the saddle i stand in the posture similar to a racing jockey i just want to know if it matters if i rise or sit for cantering ?? thanks :)

rosie <3 xx

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Rio186

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Rio186 says:

Re: some advice for cantering

I always stand in the stirrups while trotting and cantering on a hack.  It shifts your centre of gravity forward, so I think that may make the horse a little heavier on the forehand, but takes your weight off his back a little too... Hard to say!  If you are in an arena, I guess that most people stay seated, but showjumpers look like they keep a very light seat.   I think its important to know how to do both, but I can't say which is better. If anything you probably have better balance with whatever you are most used to!

I think that seated canter also helps slow the horse down and keep control of the rhythm.  You can communicate more with your seat, and its more of a workout for the rider.

 

Please anyone correct me if I'm wrong!

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JTurnbull80

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JTurnbull80 says:

Re: some advice for cantering

 As a quite inexperienced rider, I can't offer solid advice, but I'd agree with Rio, in the school I'm always seated during canter, as Rio says, for more control and collection. 
 

Out on a hack, I always hover  just because we tend to go faster and its easier to keep balance. Plus, if something were to ambush us ( a plastic carrier bag for example...) I'd find it much easier hovering to ride out a spook because you're less in contact with the saddle, and you can keep above all of the turmoil.

 

It also depends on how long you like to have your stirrups, longer stirrups would give a deeper seat and make it easier to sit during canter, but the short  "jockey" style would probably be more suited to hovering. (Obviously not properly like jockey stirrups, but you get my drift haha!)

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sophxx

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sophxx says:

Re: some advice for cantering

okay thaks :

rosie <3 xx

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