How do I stop bouncing in the canter? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep 307

How do I stop bouncing in the canter?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do I stop bouncing in the canter?”

You want to get in there and really connect your seat bones into the horse’s back and you can see straight away, Ollieknows this means work. I’m staying connected with him. Now he’s still trying to throw me around. He’s still trying to push me around, and I have to tighten my abs, bring my upper body back, plank my body.

I’m literally sitting there. Because the minute I don’t, his movement, which is huge, is going to throw me left, right, up, down. And even if I take him into a bigger canter, then that stride becomes a little bit bigger, which means I sweep a little bit more with my seat.

 

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​​Hey, riding superstars. So I have a question today from Abby. How do I stop bouncing in the canter? So she’s moving and coming out of the saddle a bit in canter.

Absolutely when you’re learning, this will happen and that’s okay. Sorry. Ollie just really wants to go today. So that’s canter. Stop it. Okay. So if I don’t use too much muscles, you can see… I’m just trying to not use any muscles. The horse pushes me out of the saddle, so you can see, I’m just kind of popping out. You can see air between my bum and the saddle. And if I had a piece of paper there, I would lose that piece of paper pretty quickly.

Okay. So you want to get in there and really connect your seat bones into the horse’s back and you can see straight away, Ollie’s like, oh, this means work. Because I’m not going to go anywhere. I’m staying connected with him. Now he’s still trying to throw me around. He’s still trying to push me around, and I have to tighten my abs, bring my upper body back, plank my body. Good boy. Good boy. And keep connected to him all of me.

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And it’s a conscious choice. I’m literally sitting there going, oh, plug in, plug in, plug in. Because the minute I don’t, his movement, which is huge, is going to throw me left, right, up, down. And even if I take him into a bigger canter, good boy, then that stride becomes a little bit bigger, which means I sweep a little bit more with my seat and I have a tendency, because there’s so much air time, that my bum wants to also have air time because he’s got such a big expressive canter. So I have to keep reminding myself plug in, plug in, plug in, plug in, plug in, plug in, plug in, plug in, stay connected. Stay connected. Plug in, stay connected. Plug in, stay connected. Plug in, stay connected. Plug in, stay connected.

Good boy. To learn how to stay in the saddle, it’s literally a conscious choice. It’s abs, it’s plugging in your seat bones. It’s planking all of your body. It’s shoulders back and it’s going, whoa, I’m going to suck in and connect in and stay in the saddle no matter what. So have fun.

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