“She tosses me left when cantering right. I find it really difficult to stay on my right seat bone cantering right.”
My issue with cantering to the right is that I sit too much on my right seat bone which is preventing the horse from doing his movement in the canter, it’s like I’m constantly asking him to fall in without meaning to. We look magnificent going to the left. It’s related to a major past injury to my right leg and all the compensation that my body has been doing over the past 16 years as a result.
I’ve spent a lot of time working on feeling my seatbones better at the walk/trot/canter. One big lightbulb moment for me was realizing that going to the left, when I turn my body, I am turning my upper body and my hips/waist, but going right when I turn my body, I am only turning my shoulders. You’ll need to doing a lot of experimenting to figure out what differences your body has going left vs. right. Anyone with eyes on the ground should be looking for these differences and helping you since you won’t be able to feel all the differences.
A couple exercises which have really helped me:
trot down center line -> leg yield to the rail so you get to the rail just before the short side. At the corner going into the short side, ask for canter and continue that leg yield feel as you go through the corners and up the next long side.
Canter without stirrups -> really forces you to feel your seat bones better. Try to feel both seat bones evenly, make sure you feel centered in the saddle.
When cantering to the right, consciously turn your right hip bone/upper body in (look around your shoulder like you are turning) and work on adding more weight to your left stirrup.
Out of the saddle- pilates/yoga -> anything that does hip opening exercises. Any workouts to help strengthen legs/glutes.
I don’t know. We’ve done a million things and it’s been my main focus the past few months. There has been a lot of progress but it’s still a work in progress. Good luck.
Oh, also - get your pelvis readjusted (chiro or PT). It’s very likely that your seat bones are not even and it’s playing a part.
Also it might not hurt to have your horse adjusted as there is likely some defensive movement happening on his part at this point.