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post #11 of 16 Old 04-12-2009, 07:29 PM
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I agree with the no stirrups, it helps so much! I used to do something funky with my hips on my horse because his stride was so long so I dropped my stirrups for a few lessons and it worked
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-21-2009, 11:24 AM
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I do the same thing, well I used to anyway.
I've been cantering for about 2 and a half months now and my trainer tells me (screams is a better word) not to hinge or rock.
My best advice is to urge him on with your legs and not your whole body. Also, put a fist in the middle of your back while you ride so you are forced to sit up straight. If you don't feel comfortable cantering with only one hand on the reins, put a crop behind your back.
Work without stirrups is also wonderful.
Hope I helped =]
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-23-2009, 02:44 PM
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that's for the crop idea, I am going to use this to try to help me keep my shoulders back and back straight. :)

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post #14 of 16 Old 04-23-2009, 02:53 PM
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Dover catalog sells these contraptions that you put around your shoulders to keep your back straight when you ride. (stiff bra type material) They are over priced at around $40. I got one for Christmas and must admit I love it. I tend to slouch when I am tired, which is pretty much all the time I am awake!! When I wear it riding, (you hide it under a shirt), people comment on my good riding posture. Ha, I have them fooled.
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-23-2009, 04:03 PM
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Juniper, I was thinking about getting one of those. Does it still help when you are not wearing it? Or is it only a temporary quick fix?

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That's a good question. The real fix, IMO is to be very in shape like I used to be when I was younger. Being really athletic makes you have good posture I thnik, strong back muscles and all. Having the brace on does contribute to getting in the habit of better posture though. Myself, as well as my friends who are a getting a llittle older who have the brace will probably always wear it at least some of the timie because we are never going to be as good without it as with it. Mostly because my back gets tired after awhile when I am riding and the brace does help with the fatigue and soreness. Hope that makes sense.
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