How Do You Canter? – Part 2: How Do I Stop Leaning Forward in Canter? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep267

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How Do You Canter? – Part 2: How Do I Stop Leaning Forward in Canter?”

This is the second part of a 4 part series on How Do You Canter? 

The second step you want to think about when you’re learning to canter, is every single one of you are going to be leaning forward. It’s what you do when you’re scared. You want to lower your center of gravity and every single rider tips forward. So what I want you to think about is, Man From Snowy River, if anyone’s ever seen that movie. He comes down a big hill, and his back is almost on the horse’s back.

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Hey riding superstars, today I’m going to answer the question: “How do you canter?” Part two.

The second step you want to think about when you’re learning to canter, is every single one of you are going to be leaning forward. It’s what you do when you’re scared. You want to lower your center of gravity and every single rider tips forward. So what I want you to think about is, Man From Snowy River, if anyone’s ever seen that movie. He comes down a big hill, and his back is almost on the horse’s back.

So I want you to think, now I used to be here, going, “I’m sitting straight. I’m sitting straight. I’m sitting straight.” And when I was straight, I felt like I was doing this. So if you’re learning to canter, I want you to feel like you’re cantering back here.

So, good boy. Here’s straight. But I want you to canter here. Because I want you to feel what it feels like to get your body right back here, to get your seat bones positioned back there, and to get that feeling. This is a very comfortable, safe position to be in canter.

My horse wants to do a pig-root or a little bit of a buck. He can’t move me. If I’m here, I’m scared. He can move me, get me out of the saddle. I’m so much closer to falling off, then if I’m here or, to the extreme, here.

So if you’re going to make a mistake, if you’re going to make a mistake in your canter, don’t ever let it be that you’ve tipped forward and lent forward. Come back, bring those shoulders back and go, “Okay. I’m going to canter like this.” Because probably, when you think you’re doing this, you’ll be straight.

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