How do you stay still in a bouncy canter? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep271

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do stay still in a bouncy canter?”

This horse is super bouncy and he really moves you in the canter. He doesn’t have this smooth sofa kind of canter, but that’s okay. That’s then just our job to tighten all the muscles that we need to, to stay in the saddle and which muscles are they?

You have the groin muscles and your abdominal seat belt. So your entire core, your entire six pack plate, plus your obliques, plus your back need to tighten engage and get engaged is the best word to make sure that the horse can’t throw us out.

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Hello riding superstars. Today I’m gonna answer the question, how do you sit still on a bouncy canter?

Okay, how to stay still in a bouncy canter. This horse is super bouncy and I’ve had a couple of other riders ride him and they’re like waarrggghh! Because he really, really, really moves you in the canter. He doesn’t have this smooth sofa kind of canter, but that’s okay. That’s then just our job to tighten all the muscles that we need to, to stay in the saddle and which muscles are they?

You have the groin muscles and your abdominal seat belt. So your entire core, your entire six pack plate, plus your obliques, plus your back need to tighten engage and get engaged is the best word to make sure that the horse can’t throw us out.

You’re funny. Okay, so if I relax my stomach and go, “Oh I’m sitting on a couch,” you can see I’m really sweeping my bum sweeps to the back of the saddle. I’m leaning forward. My hands are moving a bit. It’s a bit of a disaster. So what I need to do is stretch up, stretch down. So I pull my heels to the ground and my helmet up to the sky, which then means my stomach comes tall and straight. I then engage it as someone’s about to, you know like, whack me in the tummy. My elbows are pinning to my sides, so my hands don’t move and I just keep breathing. Keep saying everything’s alright, but I stay engaged and stay as still as I can. Upper thighs, so he can’t throw me out with the thigh area. Plug my seat bones in and say, “I’m not gonna let you move me.”

As opposed to whoooaahhh! He wants to jog, but you see the horse moves you. Like, it just does, so you’ve gotta use muscles to counteract what the horse is naturally doing to your body.

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