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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.