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        01-27-2011, 08:26 AM
    Your heels should be below your hips, not knees.

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        01-27-2011, 08:48 AM
    Your lower leg is a little out in front of your center of gravity. Basically every time you come up to post, you're compensating for the counter-balancing required to get your butt out of the saddle. I have the exact same problem. Here's a few exercises to try to line things up better.
    Exactly here as what MyBoyPuck stated - your legs are infront of you aka Chair Seat, instead of under you. Your heels should be aligned with your hips, and your hips should be aligned with your shoulders - just as the picture that mum was posted just above mine :)

    The exercises given are great, so just keep at em :) It's all about muscle memory! Train those muscles where they need to be. It's easier said then done, but you have the eagerness and the want to correct this, so be proud of yourself for that! I look forward to seeing the improvement in the near future
        01-27-2011, 02:11 PM
    I got a little video today and notice my canter is still a disgrace!

    I tried some of the things today.. I tried going with one stirrup and I was all over the place then Lola decided to canter and I lost my balance at the corner so I stopped XD I always lose my balance at the corners. So I just cantered her around in half seat.

    Anyways small video...

    I don't get it! It feels like I am sitting at canter but obviously not XD
        01-27-2011, 08:45 PM
    Yeah you're leg is still not back. Are you posting at the walk right when you get on? I post at the walk every time I get in the saddle. Like others have said you can't stand unless your leg is in the proper position. Why don't you try working on your leg at the walk until you are able to stand in your stirrups without any issues? Then move on to the trot. Hopefully that will help!

    Hang in there! I know how uncomfortable it is to be a little off balance but it will come!
        01-27-2011, 09:27 PM
    Yeah, your legs are still in the dashboard - you have to focus on getting your legs under you, and you balanced over your feet.

    While sitting in the saddle, just noral and not moving - look down. If you can see your toes, your feet are too far forward.

    Really work on getting your feet under you. Heels aligned with hips. Your toes should be just at the girth, or near the center of the girth - not past the girth or infront of the girth.

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