What do you do with your hands in the canter? | DMA TV Ep 298

What do you do with your hands in the canter?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “What do you do with your hands in the canter?”

You need to lock your hands up in a glass little box, and they just sit there, and keep the hold soft, and make sure that you keep the outside rein so you can control the shoulder, and all those fun things. That’s what the hand’s job is. 

My hands need to be very independent from my body, and they need to be as still as they can, and they need to move when I tell them to move, not just because I’m moving or because the horse is moving.

 

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Hey, dressage superstars! Today, I’m going to answer the question, what should you do with your hands when you’re cantering?

Alrighty then. So, we are going to go off into canter. And if you want to know what you do with your hands in walk, or trot, check out my previous videos. We’ll post them in the links. Especially have a look at the walk one, because that explains why your hands should move if your horse’s head is moving. All right, so… Hello. Good.

Okay, so when you’re in canter, your hands shouldn’t move. They should be locked in a… Hello? Can we stop that? Stop being so rude. You need to lock your hands up in a glass little box, and they just sit there, and keep the hold soft, and make sure that you keep the outside rein so you can control the shoulder, and all those fun things. That’s what the hands job is. But if you’re still learning how to canter, do you say, “The minute I lose my core, my hands move, because now my hands are attached to my body, and if my body’s moving, then my hands have to move.”

So your job, hello… Your job in the canter.

We’ll get back to the training in a second. I just wanted to remind you, if you’re loving this video, make sure to subscribe and leave me a comment on how this video has helped, and your biggest learning so far.

Is to have an independent body, but your body’s doing one thing in the canter. And your hands, if you have to give the inside rein for a second mock, I did, can do that. But that doesn’t mean that my body moves. My hands need to be very independent from my body, and they need to be as still as they can, and they need to move when I tell them to move, not just because I’m moving or because the horse is moving. Good boy.

I hate videos like this because the video is what should I do with my hands in canter. Keep them still. And then you go, “Yeah, but my hands do this, or my hands do this.”

People sometimes canter like that, and then their hands move, or they say how, “Every time then when I do that, there’s a loop in the rein.” So, we don’t want there to be that loop in the rein. So, we need to get this independent hand and independency thing going.

So the answer to the question, what should I do with my hands in canter, is literally cross over your stirrups. Work on no stirrups, work on your seat, work on your core, work on your shoulder blades, and work on getting this independent from this, and you will get there.

Guys, I wish there was iPhones back when I was learning. I was the worst rider you would ever see. I couldn’t ride. I couldn’t sit. I used to cry all the time because I would compare myself to the photos at that time, and the VHS videos of the time and go, “They look like that. I look like this and I’m not there yet.” I’m so nowhere near where I have to be, but we’re all on a learning curve, and we’re all on a learning journey, and we will get there. So enjoy.

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