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post #1 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone show me correct positioning?



My trainer has never said anything about my positioning, except some pictures i've seen on here show people sitting differently? Can someone show me a correct position, explain it to me or show a picture? It'd be greatly appreciated. By the way, this isn't my normal horse so I was sort of hesitant so I think I look like I'm sitting funny a bit.

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 08:22 PM
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Well it's not a very good picture, but your hands need to be out over your knee.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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I know I know, But that's the most recent one I have. I sort of feel like if my hands are that far out I'll be unbalanced though? O_o

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 09:08 PM
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The picture is at an angle, so I might be seeing things, but basically:
- move your legs back
- don't arch your back, just sit up straight
- you basically want a straight line from your ears over your shoulders over your hip to your heel.
- let your hands move forward a little as has been said. Relax your arms too. You want soft hands.

I see, it looks like you are riding in a jumper saddle? I know it can be a little tricky to sit right in them. Maybe someone can show you a pic, I'm off to the dog park now, maybe I'll find one later.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 09:29 PM
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Ok, excuse my attire, I was like 12 years old. My heels should be lower, but you kinda get the idea.
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 09:59 PM
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Yeah you will feel like you're leaning forward and unbalanced but you're not. It just takes a while to get used to.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 11:14 PM
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I hope you take this in no offence at all, and I have not been wanting to reply to this thread because of what im about to say, but I don't feel as though Kiara's picture is a very good example. I say you go look at some pictures of MIEventer or Roro's pictures, and you will see the correct position. Both of them have been taking many lessons and know what to look for in a rider. Maybe you could try asking them to help you out a bit.

I do not want to be attacked for what I have said, I just feel like it was something that needed to be said.

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 09:20 AM
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There is very little pictures with good example of good seat.
I don't sit quite good, but maybe there's more details in my photo (but also some time old:P):
>>original:


>>with lines:


I tried to draw in the main lines-ear-shoulder-hip-heel and arm-mouth line. It is also from an angle, but maybe better to see....
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-31-2009, 12:06 PM
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Yes, you have correct lines, but you are twisted in the saddle, looking down and pulling.
I am not going to use a picture of myself as I do not ride hunt seat, but a quick google search popped this young rider up. She is relaxed, sitting up straight and is resting her hands so they don't interfere with her horse. Her ankles are flexed down and her leg is lying flat on the horse's side. She overall gives the appearance of balance and harmony.

The purpose of correct equitation is very basically to teach the rider to ride the horse without relying on it for balance. You appear to rely on your reins and crotch for balance. A very good exercise for you to do is to get your coach to lunge your horse with you riding it and eventually get so that you can ride in all three gaits without reins, or stirrups.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-31-2009, 07:29 PM
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Anebel: Yeah, I am pulling and twited in the saddle. Because I am doing a circle. And I am lookind to the centre of the circle as I was always taught. Despite the fact that it may seem like that, I am not relying on the reins. You can see that for example here:

>>but this pict really isn't the best example of good seat.
Yeah, I know I do mistakes. I admit it. But at least there am I not relying on the reins.
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