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    01-04-2012, 11:12 AM
Green Broke
Smile Starting english again..need advice!!

I am starting english again and yessss I know I need to get a trainer, but some expenses have come up in my parents lives, I am paying for everything equine and I don't quite have enough money for that yet.

I bought an older, but very nice, saddle off of my friend. I rode yesterday in it and was working on getting used to it, just walking and trotting and I cantered one circle. I took lots of english lessons when I was younger, about 5-7, and then moved on to western when we moved out of state. So, I remember very little if any (I'm almost 18 now lol). When I was posting at the trot, I noticed my butt would kinda do a light "double-tap" every time I came down. By the end of the ride I was able to quit doing that, but what does it mean I was doing? Was I behind her movement? Also, when posting, do you come down when the inside leg hits the ground, or do you go up?
I've been taught in western to avoid using my stirrups as much as possible and to use leg power if you are going to post. Is it the same in English or do you want to press into your stirrups? As for hand position, my mare uses mostly leg pressure but sometimes needs a tad bit more cue from the reins. Do you keep you hands close together and use hand pressure along with outside rein pressure?

Any info, tips, or exercises I could do while riding would be VERY much appreciated!
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    01-04-2012, 11:20 AM
Congrats on switching to English again! You could have been hitting the saddle with your butt weird because you were on the wrong diagonal. You rise up out of the saddle when the horses leg closest to the fence (outside leg) goes out, so you sit everytime their inside leg goes out. Does that make sense? I would really recommend taking some lessons again. Good luck :)
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    01-04-2012, 11:30 AM
Green Broke
Thanks!:) There is a lady I would love to take english lessons from right down the street for me, but I am sending my colt to training in the spring, and I desperately need to get my horses teeth floated and feed and all those fun expenses, so I don't quite have the money for lessons at the moment:/
    01-04-2012, 11:32 AM
When you ride in English, you rise from the knees, not the stirrups.
    01-04-2012, 11:45 AM
Good for you! I've recently started riding english again after about 10 years away from it. I showed hunt seat a lot when I was younger and I've realized just how much I missed it!

A good phrase to remember for posting "Rise and fall with the leg on the wall"
    01-04-2012, 11:48 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
A good phrase to remember for posting "Rise and fall with the leg on the wall"
OOOH I like that!!

As far as cantering goes, anything I need to remember there? The ground I currently have to ride on isnt very flat, so loping is a tad difficult sometimes.
    01-04-2012, 07:09 PM
Originally Posted by rachelgem    
when you ride in English, you rise from the knees, not the stirrups.
No.. you rise from your hips! Knees stay put. Otherwise you'll have a very weak leg at any gait.

Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
OOOH I like that!!

As far as cantering goes, anything I need to remember there? The ground I currently have to ride on isnt very flat, so loping is a tad difficult sometimes.
Mango, I suggest you work on 2-point at the walk to get your legs long and down and it will help you "feel" the trot and then you can get back to posting it :)

As for canter.. you drive with your seat. And your inside leg helps to keep the horse going and from falling in. You haaave to drop all the weight down into your seat and down your legs otherwise you'll be poppin' like popcorn.

And please look up!!!! I cannot stress this enough!

Have fun
    01-04-2012, 11:13 PM
Green Broke
I'll try to have somebody take pictures of me tomorrow, that was you guys can help me out a little better:P
I feel like such a noob...what's two point? *blushes*
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    01-04-2012, 11:25 PM
When you sit in a saddle, there are 3 points on contact. Your seat bones and your pubic bone. When you are in 2-point, only your legs at on the saddle and you stand in your stirrups (like you see jumpers doing.)

It'll strengthen your legs and your balance and you are able to let the horse do its thing and feel the rhythm a little better than in saddle. When you first start out, just try to keep your legs underneath you and try not to lean forward or your leg will slide back. Over time you'll get stronger and whatnot but it's helped me a lot.

Good luck though! And you aren't a noob xD just new at it, haha.
    01-04-2012, 11:34 PM
Green Broke
Thanks!!!:) I'll try that tomorrow:) I rode English yesterday for about 15 minutes, and I am sore a tad bit today. So, maybe that will check off one of my things for prom by shrinking my butt and thighs!!! Lol!
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