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Re: [RC] Posture & Pickups - Barbara McCrary - Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF

I'm with you, Barbara . . . the canter KILLS my lower back.  It's ok for
a short stretch, but I simply can't do it for long.  The brisk trot is
far better because I can post it the whole time.  Even an all-out gallop
feels better on my body than a canter . . . but then with my mare, a
gallop sends her into race mode and the "games begin."  :p

I realize when I lean forward at the canter, it tells the horse to go
faster, which is NOT what I want. On the other hand, sitting to the
canter is fairly jarring to my back, so I tend to either stand lightly
in the stirrups and lean forward (saves the back) or not canter at all.
I have learned to prefer a good brisk trot. A few times, when I have
raced to a finish (very few times), I was so excited that I just leaned
forward and let the horse go. Nowadays, I don't really care where I
finish, as long as I do finish.


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