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post #11 of 15 Old 10-02-2013, 02:56 AM
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your leg is so far out in front of you that you must "lever" yourself up , which is both exhausting and requires you to have your upper body forward, which then means your butt has to be back, to keep the balance.

shorten your stirrup one notch and work on bringing your lower leg more under you, not so much in front of you. think of our heel kind of pointing toward the horse's back feet, and every time you rise in the trot, think of that heel to back foot connection, and your weight going down THROUGH your heel to the ground , right at the hrose's hind feet.

Practice pretend posting from the ground, standing , and think about rising with weight down through your heels, and your pelvis thrusting forward, while your upper body remains upright.

Also, like the others said, it just takes time. we can offer advice, and so can your instructor, in the moment, but it takes time on your part to build in the body memory and strength.
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Okay thank you! I was really noticing today that my general posture is horrible.. I'm really never sitting/standing straight so I'm working on that and hopefully that will help a little.. My back really starts to hurt when I have correct posture!

I like that analogy! I have trouble really sinking my weight into my heels instead of just jamming them down by pushing against the stirrup..

I only get one lesson a week currently and I would lovee to do more.. I really think that would help! But, I recently came upon an opportunity where once I am a little more bonded with this horse and we trust each other, I can ride just about as often as I want!

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Here's a fun exercise to do. Stand in the stirrups. Your bum is sticking out, right. Not good, straighten up until you are standing nice and straight in the stirrups. No leaning forward. You should feel balanced and your heels down. Now, keep your lower legs still and lower your body so you will sit on the pommel. Actually you won't but it will place your hips over your ankles which is what you want. It's easier when you quit laughing. Practice it until you can do it easily. Once you can do it at the standstill, try riding while standing nice and straight at the walk. Let your knees and ankles act like hinges and you'll be able to do it with practice.
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Thanks, that sounds very helpful! I will definitely try that out.

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I know how you feel.
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