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post #1 of 12 Old 05-03-2009, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Exercises you can do at home to improve your seat?

I didn't ride enough to tell about it this winter, and now I'm embarrassingly out of shape. I had a lesson Saturday and my lower legs were all over the place and I kept slipping into the chair position. Suffice it to say, I'm glad the only person around to witness my horrendous equitation was my instructor.

So, I'm trying to get back in shape as quickly as possible, and that means exercising even when I'm not on the horse. I've been standing on the edge of the stairs to stretch my heels down, doing squats, and stretching my legs. Are there any other ways I can help get my seat back when I'm not riding? Any and all advice is appreciated. ;)

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Pilates. Those will get your core and legs back into shape fast. You'll be more sore than when you first rode a horse!
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Yep Pilates. Now theres something PAINFUL lol.

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I'll try that. I don't care how painful it is if it works. XD

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Try the ones for core abdomen muscles first. You'll think you died! (heh heh heh)
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My trainer will do "torture lessons" once in a while and have us be in 2 point for a long time, do tons of no stirrup work and other stuff and it really whips you into shape. As far as stuff outside of riding I have to agree with pilates.
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Stuff to do not on a horse? I have no idea. I can throw in suggestions to help when you're on your horse though. =]

One of my most favorite instructors pretty much tried to kill us every morning. It was HARD work, we hardly worried about collecting our horses but worked on our core and position. We'd go out and she'd tell us put our stirrups up two holes, and do lots of two-point. She'd make us drop our stirrups at the trot, do one lap sitting, one lap posting, and one lap two point. The lessons were amazing, I miss them terribly, and boy did they do wonders for my seat!

Another of my favorites is double posting. Sit two strides, stand two strides, sit two strides, stand two strides. When you're doing okay with that, try sitting ONE stride and standing for TWO. Sitting the two strides allows you to rebalance, sitting for one you really don't have time, you just get thrown back up. =] Keep in mind, the standing strides are not a two point, but standing just like you would if you were posting normally.

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My trainer will do "torture lessons" once in a while and have us be in 2 point for a long time, do tons of no stirrup work and other stuff and it really whips you into shape. As far as stuff outside of riding I have to agree with pilates.
Bahaha really? That was a normal lesson with my trainer lol. The first 20 minutes of my lesson were two point in walk trot canter, or no stirrups at trot and canter.. she'd make us do posting trot no stirrups for like 10 minutes straight sometimes.
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No stirrup posting does wonders for position for when you're on your guy!

I would have to second the pilates for when you're off

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i have always found that i have trouble with slouching in the seat if i am not used to riding. if you put your hands on your waist (your actual waist not where your pants end) with your thumb going to your back and the rest of your hand on the front (if you get what i mean) and rotate and puchig your body forward with your thumbs then your back will become straighter and your posture improves too.
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