The seat at canter explained!
The canter is a 3 beat movement and there is a moment of suspension in the canter, where the horse will throw you up our of the saddle. You need to make sure when you are cantering, that you are countering this moment of suspension. Your ankle is your shock absorber, so when the horse is throwing you up out of the saddle, you want to stamp down in the stirrups – this is of course subtle, but it needs to be there!!
This is Part 4 of a 4 part series on the horse riding seat in the different gaits.
How do you sit to the canter? The canter seat is just as important as the 2 previous seat lessons. How should you sit in canter? How do you control the canter and make sure your horse doesn’t speed up?
In this episode Natasha explains the basics, but must knows with the canter seat and demonstrates them on her young Warmblood Gretchen. Enjoy the third part of this mini series.
The other three parts of this series are on:
The effective seat at walk (Dressage Mastery TV Episode 9)
The effective seat at sitting trot (Dressage Mastery TV Episode 3)
The effective seat at rising trot (Dressage Mastery TV Episode 10)
You need to think about the line of your heel, your hip and your shoulder – all in a straight line. You also need to think about the straight line between your elbow, your wrist and the horses mouth.
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