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    11-19-2009, 10:12 PM
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Position issues (question included)

So, since the riding stable where I tended to ride around 7 years disbanded in the previous summer I had to change a stable. And now I've started to hear that I lean my back behind too much when I ride at that current stable.

Well, I've always caught that you've to sit on your butt and butt bones and you can even perhaps lean very, very slightly back on a saddle. That's how I've ridden now that 8 years and during those years I've found my position where I stay comfortable and balance. Now that new teacher tells that I lean my back behind too much and besides my butt bones I have to sit also on my pubic bone. The odd part for me is that I feel, in the position where she leads me, that I lean very strongly forward. My butt just lift out on a saddle and my butt bones lose their contact with the horse. When sitting in that position, I feel that I just sit on my pubic bone and umm... woman parts of my body. I just feel the position is a bit unstable and if I lifted my butt more I'd have a great light seat. I don't know if that's how it should be.

None of the teachers told me about this at my previous stable. On the other hand, I know my current teacher is a qualified teacher, perhaps more qualified that teachers at the previous stable where they didn't notice your position that much. Also galloping (the gait that I've never preferred that much and which feels a bit unpleasant for me) is better. With my 'ordinary' position I occasionally feels that there is a some kind of brake on and the horse doesn't want to move ahead that freely. The problem seems to be better with the new position offered to me but I still don't know..

I know you've never seen me ride and this will be the thing that I'll finally solve out with my teacher but since I'll see that teacher not earlier than after a month and it's never bad to discuss about issues in theory with other riders I'd ask a question: Where do you focus your weight when you ride?
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    11-20-2009, 09:24 AM
I'll let someone else answer who would be able to explain better, but I just wanted to say that laukka is canter in English :)
    11-20-2009, 04:47 PM
I was always taught to sit "forward" when I was learning to ride when I was younger. Nowadays they seem to be teaching you to sit "back" much more, and have your shoulders slightly behind the vertical.

Maybe the instructor is "old school"?

(I hope you understand what I mean? )
    11-20-2009, 05:00 PM
You ride english or western ?

I have always learned [for english] that you want equal weight on both your seat bones & your pubis. If you are only used to sitting on your seat bones it will feel weird at first, but it is correct
    11-20-2009, 07:08 PM
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Ridingismylife: Okay. I've also heard they use word gallop but now when I checked my dictionary it seems that there's some differences between gallop (could call perhaps 'neli' or 'kiitolaukka' in Finnish?) and canter. So perhaps canter would be a better word.

Gypsygirl: I ride english.

Thank you both for advising . I just feel a bit confused with whole the thing.
    11-20-2009, 07:14 PM
I wouldnt sit entirely on my pubic bone but I would be leaning on that a little more than my butt bone,. If you lean back you are telling the horse to slow down,
    11-20-2009, 11:06 PM
Green Broke
I've been taught to lean back slightly, not alot and then your seat "slides" into place. My instructor can explain it HEAPS better. I'll ask her how she teachs it.
    11-20-2009, 11:29 PM
There are two different commonly used seats.

The on your seat bones that you are used to is more of a dressage seat. The tipped forward, on your things seat is more of a hunter seat. Different people and different horses will have preferences. If the way this barn teaches does not match your preferences, is there another barn you could try riding at?
    11-21-2009, 07:16 AM
Originally Posted by TaMMa89    
Ridingismylife: Okay. I've also heard they use word gallop but now when I checked my dictionary it seems that there's some differences between gallop (could call perhaps 'neli' or 'kiitolaukka' in Finnish?) and canter. So perhaps canter would be a better word.
Yea, they are both different gaits. :) Gallop is the fastest gait. I guess it's kiitolaukka in Finnish. :)
    11-24-2009, 12:45 PM
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Okay. Thanks for the tips, ladies .

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