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How can I sit in canter on a horse with a dipped back?

Discussion in 'Horse Riding and Training' started by MorganTheDraft, Jul 28, 2019.


  1. MorganTheDraft

    MorganTheDraft PetForums Newbie

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    my horse has a dipped back and is therefore very bouncy; i find it very hard to sit in canter with and without stirrups because of this. Any tips? Thanks
     
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    Ringypie PetForums VIP

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    Are you tensing and gripping up? I feel your pain - my boy has a back like a hammock and his canter feels like trying to sit on a pogo stick. I try to relax and go with him, wrapping my legs around him but not gripping with my knees. Do you have lessons? If not a good instructor would be able to help.
     
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    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    You're really going to struggle without stirrups.

    I was going to suggest lengthening your stirrups a little.
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I would suggest having some lessons with a good instructor tbh.

    Without seeing the dynamics between the two of you, his outline and way of going and your position/seat it would be difficult to suggest anything.
     
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    MorganTheDraft PetForums Newbie

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    I do have lessons but I think the problem is that I grip with my knees so my lower legs don’t do much to hold me on, thank you for pointing that out :)
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Maybe some lunge lessons would help?

    I found them a great help to deepen the seat and lengthen the leg.

    Having the horse controlled from the centre by an instructor enables the rider to truly relax into the saddle - having both hands free to steady themselves using the pommel at first, progressing to exercises with the arms/hands to create a truly independent seat.

    Any tension (understandable if the rider doesn’t feel secure) will hinder the rider and horse.
     
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