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    08-31-2011, 05:27 AM
I don't hold anything....(I ride english) I use me legs to stay on I guess...

If I had to I would grab some mane though
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    08-31-2011, 06:24 AM
Hmm, my guy likes to play rodeo from time to time but honestly I never even thought about grabbing a saddle or anything else. I'd say it would throw me off balance even more. As the previous poster said, I use my legs to stay on and lean back so he can't throw me over his head. I can't imagine how I'd try to stop him, turn him etc. if my hands were busy holding onto something. So far he has managed to throw me off only once and that was a powerful buck when I was riding stirrupless and wasn't holding onto the reins. The only other time I fell off a horse was when we were just standing, I was talking to my trainer, horsie had his head low, ears relaxed, lower lip dropped, it was a nice sunny afternoon. The next thing I know is I'm on the ground, he jumped to the side absolutely out of nothing lol Since that moment I know I have to be always ready when in the saddle.
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    08-31-2011, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
onto when/if your horse starts to act up?
You don't "hold" on anything in english saddle. You have your legs and seat to keep yourself in saddle.
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    08-31-2011, 07:39 AM
Riding breakers in a dressage saddle - good fun and a real test of your balance on a horse!!!! Absolutely nothing to hang onto
    08-31-2011, 08:01 AM
Ok thanks everyone. I may see about takeing some lessons in English just to improve myself. I guess I could use my own horse right? I have never taken lessons when I was little and got my first horse my dad put me on and said do this to go that way, this to go, and this to stop. LOL Simple but it worked I have rode some pretty ruff horses but never been thrown. I was helping a neighbor once training a small filly that he was to big and heavy for and I was bareback and she reared up and I slid of her butt but I landed on my feet. ; )
    08-31-2011, 08:11 AM
I don't hold anything western or english. That's what deep heels & a good seat are for. My mom drilled us so hard as kids and we had to be able to do anything bareback first (even jumping & reining) before we were allowed to use stirrups. Then when we did get them (at least western) we were tortured by riding with marshmallows or raw eggs under our boot in the stirrup and expected not to mash them. I hated her for it then but she made me one of those riders that "stick like a tick."

I'm grateful now that she was so hard & expected so much. Most of my riding time is on greenies so I am 2 handing & teaching, I don't have a hand to give up for the horn if I want to work them through it properly. The last time I actually grabbed a horn was on an idiot of a mare that wanted to drift/blow out of her circles, she was being particular stubborn and I encouraged her rather aggressively to get off my leg and she blew sideways and if it wasn't for the horn I couldn't have pulled my leg up and into the seat of the saddle before she slammed my knee into the wall.
    08-31-2011, 08:15 AM
I use to have really good balance and rode bareback most of the time even going over very low jumps bareback but I am alot older now then I was then and a bit rusty. LOL
    08-31-2011, 08:47 AM
It's like riding a bike, it'll come back to you. I took a couple years off from horses after college & starting a family only to find I hated my chosen career and missed training horses lol! It took me a bit to find my groove again but it does come back :)
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    08-31-2011, 08:53 AM
I don't hold on to anything. The last thing I want to do when a horse acts up is lose the use of even one rein in order to grab onto the saddle, mane, etc. Balance, thigh muscles, and long legs (figuratively speaking, of course, since I'm only 5'3"). Also, when you reach forward to grab mane, you're often tipping yourself forward which is really going to put you at a disadvantage if the horse starts bucking.
    08-31-2011, 10:31 AM
I ride both Western and English, and don't hold anything. I use my balance and weight to keep me on.
If something goes really bad and I need to grab on, I grab mane. If something is already that bad, then I don't want to risk the saddle torquing around the back on top of it. The mane gives more stability. If you hold the horn, you could end up happily holding the horn while hanging under the belly

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