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Re: [RC] [RC] Stupid Question :Canter - Kathy Mayeda

I canter on Beau in a half-seat - which is what I think you're describing here, Carrie.  He has a real wierd canter and gallops better than he canters. 
However, I am taking a lot of arena lessons and finding that I almost HAVE to canter Drako with a full seat otherwise he gets really disorganized.  And Drako has a wonderful canter.  Trick is to have your body not lean forward which is my tendency from too many miles on the trail and not enough arena time. 
I think that any standing in the stirrup leads to more stress by displacing weight that would be distributed on the saddle pads onto the stirrup bars which would lead to more pounds per pressure.  I also think this would beat up your legs a little and cause more fatigue trying to hold this position than if you have a nice relaxed following seat in the canter.
I was leasing Beau for a month or two and noticed that my stirrup leathers were way stretched out so I suspect that the lessee was putting a lot of pressure into the stirrups.  It was pretty suspicious because I had the same stirrup leathers for years, and I didn't have to punch holes for my stubby legs and all of a sudden I needed to punch three more holes.

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 7:16 AM, Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF <carrie.kitley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Nik -
When I canter, I don't really sit deep because I'm using my legs to stay balanced and take some weight off the back, however I'm not completely up at a 2 point stance like jumpers either.  My balance isn't THAT good.  =)  And that's not a stupid question.  The unasked question is the stupid one.

Carrie Kitley
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Subject: [RC] Stupid Question :Canter

My rides in the tropic is slow thus almost 100 % done at a trot .Whenever I canter ,which is very little I do not 'sit' on the saddle but rather stand on stirrrup,which I know is wrong as the canter tend to be a faster canter .For you guys who canter mostly in any rides ,how do you it ? Deep seated ,light or standing or a mixture ?Is it still possible but have a slow decent canter ?. Stupid Questions .


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[RC] Stupid Question :Canter, Nik Isahak Abdullah
RE: [RC] Stupid Question :Canter, Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF