Practice on your appy this leg exercise.
Drop your legs (out of your stirrups of course) and make your horse stand. Bring your left leg back and off your horse and up. Reach back with your left hand and hold the toe of your boot. Do the same (at the same time) for the right side. Sit up really tall and suck in your tummy. Sit back on your seat bones and hold for as long as you can.
If you have someone to help, ask them to walk your horse on or walk your horse on a lunge line.
What this does is help to open up your legs so you are sitting deeper on your horse. Getting your legs in the right place will help you stay on your horse, bucking, galloping, bolting, hopping, whatever.. with ease.
It takes time to develop these muscles, but doing this exercise slowly will help. The deeper your seat, the better your balance, the more secure you feel are are on your horse.. and the safer THEY feel.
Just do it slowly and while you hold in your tummy, sink into those seat bones. You won't fall off if your horse walks, though it may feel very strange at first.
Another one is very similar. Bring your knees to the top of your saddle, make them touch each other.. sit up very tall with both hands resting on top and breathe deeply, sitting up tall, relaxing all muscles in your body, your shoulders, toes, wrists, neck, etc. This will help with balance. I've trotted my horse (and he's a Dutch Warmblood.. 17 glorious hands) sitting like this (I was on the lunge line) and I didn't fall off or lose balance.
Riding without stirrups helps too.. everything in moderation though!
You'll get it :)
Also upper body tension (locked wrists, not breathing, weird facial expressions) affect your seat. You can have the most solid seat ever, and it still won't be secure until you release it all. You can still sit up tall, but not stiffly. If that makes sense.
Good luck :) it takes time. Ground work that boy and sack him out on ground and in saddle (holding reins in one hand, reach down and touch his neck, belly (with supervision) his hindquarters, etc. Get him used to everything.
But ON THE GROUND first!
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 11-09-2011 at 12:04 PM.