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post #1 of 15 Old 08-30-2010, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Leaning!

So i've been riding for.. about 12 years now, and it seems as if I have developed this leaning issue:



and i do it on the flat as well, is there anything specific i can do to.. stop this? haha, i know its mostly just catching myself in the act, but i didn't know if yall had suggestions or not!

Thank youuuu :)

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-30-2010, 07:51 PM
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Have someone watch you. When they see you doing it, have them yell out to you. Continued yelling out will hopefully get you to be more conscious of it. Surprised the horse hasn't gotten sore from you riding that way.

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Do you or have you gone to a chiro just to see if your back is out of whack. I know that when my hips are mis-aligned, I will ride with my hips off center and will cause my saddle to lean that way too.

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Have someone watch you. When they see you doing it, have them yell out to you. Continued yelling out will hopefully get you to be more conscious of it. Surprised the horse hasn't gotten sore from you riding that way.
She has, actually. My saddle is actually custom fit just for her, but i never took my leaning into consideration, and it makes alot of sense. When we really started to notice it was when i joined the equestrian team at the university i attended last year, because the pony i was riding would often throw a buck or two, and the instructor said that was probably why. its just odd that it either happened all of the sudden, or none of my trainers ever noticed it..

and i've always had back problems! I get really stiff if i ride for a certain amount of time, but i always thought that was normal. Especially over fences. But i guess i should go then!

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It couldn't hurt. I swear by my chiro, he has saved my bacon more times than I can count. Stops my headaches, fixes pinched nerves, helps me keep my saddle straight, etc.

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Equine chiro might benefit the horse too. Which by the way, is STUNNING!

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Equine chiro might benefit the horse too. Which by the way, is STUNNING!
She got massaged for a while, but it actually made her feel so good she turned a bit rotten, haha! She's retired now, so she's happy happy happy. But as soon as I had my saddle custom fitted to her, everything was grrreat! The woman from County saddles seriously taught me a thing or towo about saddles and saddle pads. & thank you, she is pertty :)

and i just might have to look into a chiro I'm sure it's not cheap, though..!

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Have you tried jumping without stirrups? That should be a good exercise.

Or.. An exercise I haven't tried but I heard of someone doing in a clinic (I think with Joe Fargis?)... pull your stirrups off your saddle (keep the irons on the leathers) buckle the leathers together so they make a big loop (with irons hanging off the end). Place that loop over the seat of your saddle and ride with your stirrups like that. So you aren't exactly stirrupless, but you certainly can't lean on one stirrup! Then tell me how it goes 'cause I'm dying to hear someone else try it! :)

Also make sure you are very centered in your saddle on the flat. And have others watch you. Chances are if you lean over fences somewehre along the way you're leaning on the flat.
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Have you tried jumping without stirrups? That should be a good exercise.

Or.. An exercise I haven't tried but I heard of someone doing in a clinic (I think with Joe Fargis?)... pull your stirrups off your saddle (keep the irons on the leathers) buckle the leathers together so they make a big loop (with irons hanging off the end). Place that loop over the seat of your saddle and ride with your stirrups like that. So you aren't exactly stirrupless, but you certainly can't lean on one stirrup! Then tell me how it goes 'cause I'm dying to hear someone else try it! :)

Also make sure you are very centered in your saddle on the flat. And have others watch you. Chances are if you lean over fences somewehre along the way you're leaning on the flat.
its worse on the flat, haha..

I'll have to try that! i've never heard of it! I'm riding Thursday, so i'll try it and get back to you :)

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Ill be interested to hear if you are able to resolve this. I have a friend who constantly leans. When you tell her 'hey, your saddle is shifting' she will stand in her right stirrup for a minute and then go right back to leaning to the left! Its quite odd to follow her on a trail ride with her leaning! I guess just off center is like my center of balance.
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