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    04-13-2011, 12:22 AM
  #1
Foal
Balancing Tips

I've ridden western for years and love to ride english.my problem tend to be that although i'm balanced enough in my western saddle,im not in my english saddle. If anyone has any tips or "fun' ideas for workin on balance i'd apprecaite it. I have access to a round pen and do enjoy riding bareback as well. My mare has a really bouncy trot... so i've learned to post while bareback,but this ofcourse doesnt seem to help my balance. Any Suggestions?
Thanks!
     
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    04-13-2011, 07:11 AM
  #2
Trained
Whether English or Western, good balance comes from strong core muscles. It may not be fun, but Pilates excercises (you can google it) are about the best thing around for building core muscle strength, and you would be surprised at how easy it makes riding.
     
    04-13-2011, 11:27 AM
  #3
Foal
Ok thanks I hadnt even though about that. I've been wanting to work on my 'tummy muscles" anyway.lol.
     
    04-13-2011, 06:09 PM
  #4
Started
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Originally Posted by jwells84    
I've ridden western for years and love to ride english.my problem tend to be that although i'm balanced enough in my western saddle,im not in my english saddle. If anyone has any tips or "fun' ideas for workin on balance i'd apprecaite it. I have access to a round pen and do enjoy riding bareback as well. My mare has a really bouncy trot... so i've learned to post while bareback,but this ofcourse doesnt seem to help my balance. Any Suggestions?
Thanks!
If you're truly balanced in your western saddle, it could be that your English saddle doesn't fit you quite right in some way, and isn't helping you to find your balance. Several things could have that effect - stirrup bar placement, flap shape, the width of the twist...

I'll also second PaintHorseMares' suggestion of general core training. If you have someone to help you out, maybe try some work on the lunge -- bareback and in the English saddle with and without stirrups.
     
    04-14-2011, 10:30 AM
  #5
Foal
Well I was able to squeeze 30 mins. Of riding in this morning before my daughter got up. And worked on my balance some Its worst at a trot we we did lots of trotting. Trying to make sure I kept my postion. Thanks for all the help!
     
    04-14-2011, 12:07 PM
  #6
Foal
Lots and lots of work without stirrups Work on stretching your legs down!
     
    04-14-2011, 03:50 PM
  #7
Started
Also check out sally swift's books on centered riding!
     

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