Finding my 'seat' when riding

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    06-09-2012, 10:58 PM
Question Finding my 'seat' when riding

I'm a totally barrel fan ;) I've been barrel racing for about 5 years but since I got my 5 year old mare Andie last year (Day after Thanksgiving) I have stopped going to shows to train her and teach her all of the patterns. Today I was out riding and I realized I don't have a good 'seat' like I used to.

We were cantering and I noticed I was standing up a bit in my saddle. I used to sit down and really hold on like you should-but I don't know what's happened! Any tips on how I can work on sitting down more in my saddle? Also, I know you're supposed to not move you legs and only bed at your waist but I haven't really been doing that either -_-.

I don't know why I'm riding this way all the sudden but I can tell I'm not holding on with my legs as much and it might be affecting how my horse is responding my my cues.--Any tips or suggestions are welcomed!
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    06-10-2012, 05:16 PM
Green Broke
Ditch the saddle for a little while and ride bare back at a walk, trot, and lope.. You have to get back the feel of your horse and it's strides before getting back in the saddle. You can't rely on your saddle and stirrups for stability when running...Just get on and work your horse bare back at the different gaits and just trail ride around bareback.. You'll have to learn to sit better and use your or fall off..
    06-10-2012, 05:28 PM
Green Broke
^^^ Not that knowing how to fall off is a bad thing.
    06-10-2012, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
Definitely true.. I don't care who you are or how great you ride..every one is going to fall off once in a while..

Life lesson : Duck and roll..
    06-10-2012, 06:40 PM
Ok, I will try that next time I ride :) Thanks for the help!
    06-12-2012, 06:47 PM
You could have someone put you on the lunge line too. No stirrups and no reins, walk trot canter....My trainer has a habit in lessons when everyone is being good to yell "SIT BACK, SHOULDERS BACK, CHIN UP, PERFECT EQUITATION" every five minutes even if we are all already sitting perfectly. Really gets it drilled into your mind. Maybe you could have someone do that for you to. It's to the point where I hear her telling me things like that even when I'm not around her and am constantly thinking about them.

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