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Do you sit when you canter?

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  • Do you sit when you canter?

    If not.. what do you do?

  • #2
    It depends. I tend to have a very strong seat and have a hard time sitting quietly. I generally do a half seat, unless the horse is crowhopping or bucking--then my butt's in the saddle. One of these days I will learn how to sit lightly!
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    • #3
      Yes, I do most of the time. I do also canter in my half seat as well. It really just depends on the horse at the time and what I am doing.
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      • #4
        Sometimes. Depending on what needs doing and what the horse prefers, I'll either sit or half seat.

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        • #5
          Totally depends on what you're doing (hacking, flatwork, grids, courses) and the horse you're on (age, temperment, training)

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          • #6
            When I flat I am usually sitting unless I want to get off their back and let them stretch. When I jump I like to stay in a quarter seat until about two strides before the jump. For me it makes my courses flow and my eye work better. I can also support the horse when they jump. I don't do this with every horse depending on how they go and how green they are, but this is mostly the way I ride
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            • #7
              My horse has that beautiful Holsteiner canter - I could sit in it all day. First horse I can say that about.
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              • #8
                my 17.3 hand TB is built like a big warmblood and has the best canter ever. i normally sit anyways during the canter but his is very comfy and just flows. My trainer is also a judge and we havent really been able to figure out the whole half seat thing and why that is the trend these days. i think it is much prettier to sit and keep your shoulders back rather then be up your horses neck in the canter. Thats just me though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                  My horse has that beautiful Holsteiner canter - I could sit in it all day. First horse I can say that about.
                  Both of mine, too. However, my gelding prefers that I use a half seat, particularly one direction, so I do. Sometimes I use a little more seat to the jumps as he can get a bit lazy and backs off the pace after coming out of the turn. He sort of gets off the rythmn and I need to push just a bit.

                  My mare doesn't care one way or the other so I just sit there like a big dummy.

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                  • #10
                    Oy, I just had my dressage lesson on my young hunter, and was yelled at about my half-seat. While I am certainly more comfortable in a very light seat, baby horse needs a bit more support

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                    • #11
                      Depends on the horse and what I'm doing. At home, I tend to use a normal sort of half seat in most situations.

                      However, I am armed with a full on array of seats and am comfortable using them as required (half seat, sitting, posting, etc). Many people at my barn ride in the half seat but can't sit (or post) the canter.

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                      • #12
                        On almost anything I've ever ridden, yes! I prefer sitting

                        But my 4.5 yr old OTTB hates a sitting canter, when I sit I can feel him tense and start cantering very flat and racey. The second I half seat he gets a nice bouncy canter. While jumping, if I sit we NEVER get out of a line and usually get a very ugly chip, it's ugly and just not pretty. As long as I stay in my half seat we can get to a jump with a good canter, and either take it a bit long or perfectly. That's my biggest goal right now, NEVER sit, it is incredibly hard to break habit from jumping a whackadoodle
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                        • #13
                          I'd say 99% of the time I'm sitting. But when I was in hunterland, then for sure not. I had to re-teach myself how to use my muscles to sit. The pain!
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                          • #14
                            When schooling I pretty much always canter in a full seat with a variance of deepness based on the task at hand. If we're working on engagement and really lifting the front end, I sit deeper with a very supportive leg. If it's more of a conditioning canter I sit lighter with a steady but much more passive leg. When flatting at a show I ride a "heavy" half seat. Basically I keep that very supportive leg to maintain engagement and lightness of the front end but I want her topline to stretch a bit so I lighten off her back. If I need to fix something I'll rock my shoulder back and bring my seat back into full contact for a couple steps then back to my heavy half seat. I tend towards a lighter full seat when jumping, but will vary between the half and full seats depending on the question asked and horse's mental state at that particular moment.
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                            • #15
                              Almost always half seat.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by tallygirl View Post
                                . . . . My trainer is also a judge and we havent really been able to figure out the whole half seat thing and why that is the trend these days. . . . . .
                                I would sit if I could, and a great deal of the time I can't without bouncing, has to do with my age and degree of flexibility. I can sit a saddleseat collected canter, what they call the carousel, but a more extended canter, what they call the hobbyhorse, and a medium H/J canter are both tough on my lower back. I can absorb the motion with my legs so I wind up in the half seat thing, especially if I am doing a course.
                                Quite a relief actually to begin re-riding and discover that I could "cheat". Ideally as I continue riding I will be able to sit, deeply or lightly, etc.. May not ever get that way though, age'll get you.
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                                • #17
                                  I do whatever is necessary for the horse I'm riding and what I'm trying to accomplish.

                                  Originally posted by tallygirl View Post
                                  i think it is much prettier to sit and keep your shoulders back rather then be up your horses neck in the canter. Thats just me though.
                                  If your halfseat puts you up on the horse's neck, it's not a very good halfseat.
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                                  • #18
                                    I sit all the time except when jumping I like to get right up there.... in my knee! LOL sometimes Othertimes I can execute it nicely for jumping

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                                    • #19
                                      Depends on the horse. My horse? Pretty much half seat or very light contact the whole time. Very difficult for me to sit his canter. My friend's warmblood? I could sit that canter for days.
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                                      • #20
                                        Depends on what I am trying to accomplish and the horse I am riding. I can elaborate if you want.
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