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    07-13-2009, 01:52 PM
Keeping my seat?

Im a novice rider, by no means am I am bad rider, I just haven't had been able to ride consistently. I can ride the walk and trot, and sit a trot with a saddle. I can ride a walk bareback, but not so much a trot.
And I have cantered all of one time and am not comfortable doing it because I don't feel I have found my seat well enough to really do it safely.
Can anyone give me any tips for finding and keeping a good seat?
Also my horse is broke but probably fairly green. I don't have any history from him other than the fact that he is healthy and a very smart sweet boy.
Thanks for any advise!
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    07-13-2009, 02:44 PM
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Some of your problem is probably that your horse is green and hasn't found his own balance. My best advice to you is to stay loose. Make sure you continue to breath, keep our body relaxed and don't stiffen... You'll be ok....
    07-14-2009, 11:13 AM
Thanks! I took him out for a jaunt around the field yesterday and he did really well so he may be less green than I thought. He kind of, swaggers. Its interesting but really smooth at the same time.
    07-14-2009, 12:07 PM
I totally understand the "swaggering," lol. My first horse would do the same thing when we rode outside the arena. It takes a while to get used to sitting that! You almost have to swagger in the saddle yourself, if that makes sense.
    07-14-2009, 12:43 PM
Take longeline lessons. Either your seat will improve or you'll be eating a lot of dirt.
    07-14-2009, 02:44 PM
Ive all ready managed to eat a little bit of dirt. Wasnt his fault at all it was mine for being an idiot. My back is killing me.
I've been wanting to ride a lot more just to see where he is at in comparison to me but he is still really thin and I don't want to hurry him into something he is not ready for. 3 days ago was the first time I have ridden him. He responded really really well to me.
Lol I don't know if its because he really loves me (be it my being around or cause I feed him) or if he is just really thankfull that I rescued him. Lol. I think its flat out both but I can't ask him.
    07-15-2009, 02:19 AM
I would say it just takes time, I had the same problem for ages. It's just learning to really relax and moving to the motion of the horse. I had to learn pretty quickly because my instructor took my stirrups away, so it's either stay in the saddle or fall off haha. Maybe if your comfortable sitting the trot with a saddle, try taking your stirrups away and trotting without them. Start off with just a few steps at trot and work your way up, maybe grab a bit of mane to help and if you feel yourself losing your balance then stop. As you feel more confident at the trot do some posting trot with no stirrups it's hard work but really helps build leg muscle. Once you gain the muscle in your legs I'm sure you'll find it much easier to sit the canter. I'm no pro but this is just from personal experience what seemed to help me.
    07-15-2009, 05:37 PM
Thats actually a really good idea. Thank you so much!
    07-15-2009, 07:07 PM
I agree with working without stirrups but since you said your horse is green just be careful because the stirrups hitting his sides might aggravate him or scare him a bit. You can cross your stirrups over his withers as well to keep them from banging around.
    07-15-2009, 07:21 PM
I agree with the working without stirrups. It worked really well for me when I first learned to canter.

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