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Fri, May. 16th, 2008, 11:50 pm
strippertroll: O hai there

I'm Marilyn and I've actually just started riding this fall with my college's equestrian team, partially with lessons at my school's barn and partially at a barn near where I live, that a team mate boards her horse at.

My riding coach started me cantering during my last lesson.  She had me start going from trot to canter in 2point, and my knees were nice and springy while trotting but as soon as the horse started to canter, I locked up and started to fall forward.  What can I do to make cantering easier and also less confusing for the horse?

Wed, May. 20th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)

Really try pulling your shoulders back (the openness of your hip angle depends on which discipline you're riding), and sinking your weight into your heels/gripping with your calf (but not necessarily squeezing/driving forward). Locking up usually means that you start to grip with your knees, and if you are hunched in the shoulders, it would definitely push you forward/on your toes.

Sun, May. 2nd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)

i would suggest working more without stirrups whenever you get the chance, and also try to exercise your calf muscles whenever you can. the main part is to remember that your calves are your anchor. the actual calve muscle should be on the horse at all times, with your toe turned out no more than 45 degrees. your pinky toe should be touching the outside of your stirrup iron. that is how the master george morris has told his students to place their leg and foot.

do not be afraid to use your hands on the horses neck to balance while in the two point. eventually you won't have to :)