What do you do if you are blocking the canter with your seat?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “What do you do if you are blocking the canter with your seat”

This week, Natasha answers a question from one of our members.
“I’m practicing my collected canter and I feel like I’m blocking in my seat. What should I do?”
Always remember that the most important thing is to never stop asking in order for us to achieve our goals and never forget that trust is powerful.

What should I do and how should I do it?


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​Speaker 1:           Hey dressage superstars. Today I’m going to answer the question, what do you do if you feel like you’re blocking the canter with your seat, especially in collected canter.

Speaker 1:           This question has come from a member and she said, “I’m practicing my collected canter and I feel like I’m blocking in my seat. What should I do?” So I thought it’d be a cool video to do for you guys because that’s what you should do. Like again, I’m not there. I can’t see what is your definition of block as opposed to my definition of block. But what happens is if you’re cantering, and you let your sit go with the horse. So the horse is cantering in a working canter. This is not collected canter. This is not medium canter. This is just a working canter that you would use for a novice test.

Speaker 1:           Now if I start saying with my seat, I’m now not going to move. I’m now not going to move. I’m now not going to move. I’m now not going to move. What have I got? A very collected canter and the… what’s it called? The severity of the collected canter is the severity of where I can hold my body.

Speaker 1:           We’ll get back to the training in a second. I just wanted to remind you if you’re loving this video and make sure to subscribe and leave me a comment on how this video has helped and your biggest learning so far.

Speaker 1:           So if I’m in a medium level dressage test, this horse has just gone into the double and he’s in medium now. I’m not going to go into my medium test in a canter like this. It’s working canter. I’m not going to get my changes out of it. It’s not what the test says. I need to be in collected canter. So I need to plant my body but not collect my canter for a canter pirouette. Come on. And this canter work, [inaudible] finds super, super, super hard. Look at him. “I can’t do it mom. I can’t do it mom. I can’t do it mom.”

Speaker 1:           And then if I was going to pirouette him, I’d bring him almost on the spot. I know, I know. ” I can’t do it mom.” And then back out just to a normal collected. And then at top medium. Yeah, back up, collected. Buddy, yeah good boy. And that’s just me. You asked too much too soon. So you’ve always got to be, what is my body telling the horse and how do I want it to be? But in terms of blocking in the collected canter, that’s what you should do. If you want to canter on the spot, you need to stop your body so your horse’s body stops and canters on the spot instead. And then your horse needs to know to be in front of the leg. That just because you planked your body and just because your body stopped doesn’t mean that that means hot. It means stay in the gate. Unless I give an for halt, which is different to collect. So trust that helps.

Speaker 1:           So trust that helps. Remember if you guys need any help from steps, procedures, strategies, recipes. How do you do A? How do you do B? How do you do C? I’ve got a free training class that tells you all about creating a dressage system that works for you. Go check it out on the link below.

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