Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Anabel, I was actually going to ask that question next about going without stirrups.
But now I think I have more of an understanding of what everybody means, and it is hard to really describe. I've been doing a lot more work on myself in order to help Cinny and I as a team, and a lot of that is going back and REALLY getting a MENTAL understanding of what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. I think it will not only help me correct myself, but if I know they "WHY" I can better evaluate what a trainer is telling me and possibly keep from getting stuck with a trainer that isn't working for us again, if that makes sense. Not that I am in that situation now, my two trainers are awesome (don't worry, they are friends who work together).
From what I gather, I need to stop thinking of sitting "deep" in my seat as putting my weight into the top of the saddle with my seat bones. Instead round my back a little more (I tend to arch, no wonder Cin does too) to engage my core more, and let the weight go through my seat bones yet continue into the undersides of my thighs and use them for much of the support and "follow" for lack of finding a better word for it. It's not necessarily weight in the actual stirrup however enough weight that some of the center of gravity goes in to the heels...not braced but just enough to lower my center of gravity and creating more balance with my horses center of gravity as well as more stability in the saddle.
Does it somewhat sound like I understand right? Or am I still missing something? Not being snarky, just really want to change the way I ride to go along with the changes happening for the better with my Horse. I will not allow us to backtrack anymore.