Am I just weak? (Riding uphill)

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    10-11-2008, 09:53 PM
Am I just weak? (Riding uphill)

I like to go into two point when going up most hills as opposed to just leaning forward. I don't have a problem at the walk. But at the trot an canter I find myself sliding to the back of the saddle. If I wasn't holding onto the mane I'd probably slide right off the back of my horse, lol. Small, slopey hills I can handle at any gait. It's just those steep hills that get me. I think it's because my legs aren't strong enough. What do you guys think?

There's another possibility that just occurred to me. My half chaps are suede and they've been used so much that they're a little slick. Maybe I should get some leather chaps.
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    10-13-2008, 12:48 AM
How steep is the hill? Is there any chance of taking smaller, more flatter hills and gradually building up to it? I would suggest doing a lot of work on all kinds of levels of ground, then approach the larger hill.
    10-13-2008, 06:45 AM
I wouldn't be too worried about having to hold on to the mane! There's a couple of very steep hills where I ride, when my horse goes up them at any pace I usually hold on to the mane to help keep myself out of the saddle.
If you are bothered though, all I could suggest is tons and tons of two point work in the arena!
    10-13-2008, 05:55 PM
I wouldn'd worry too much. I have never been up and really steep hills on a horse but I can imagine it bing hard. Maybe you are jut getting behind the center of balance(or whatever its called?) If you feel your legs are a bit weak you can do lots of leg strengthening exersizes in the ring.
    10-14-2008, 12:07 AM
Thanks for the tips but I actually figured it out myself today. I was to high above the horse. I was trying to do a normal two point. I lowered myself so that my chest was almost touching her neck. I didn't have any trouble sliding backwards then.

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