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post #11 of 13 Old 08-30-2011, 03:34 PM
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I wouldn't suggest raising your hands, but what I would suggest is try some sitting trot no stirrups. I fund that's how I caught myself a lot. If you lean forward it gets a little rougher, if you keep your position you can get into the swing of things. Just something I found helped. :3
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I wouldn't suggest raising your hands, but what I would suggest is try some sitting trot no stirrups. I fund that's how I caught myself a lot. If you lean forward it gets a little rougher, if you keep your position you can get into the swing of things. Just something I found helped. :3
So excited to see this suggestion! I actually came back on here to mention that what REALLY helped me learn to stick in the saddle was lots of stirrupless work. I made a New Years resolution one year to finish every ride with a few minutes of sitting trot without stirrups. You really have to sit straight to maintain balance, but with a soft lower back to absorb the bounce. I waited till the end of my ride to work out any spook my horse might have had in him that day. At first it was torture on my muscles and I was SO nervous about falling. But I kept at it and now I stick like velcro to my saddle. Think soft knees (don't pinch) and calves wrapped around the horse. Now I have no problem trotting or cantering without stirrups and have even added riding bareback occasionally to mix things up.
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-30-2011, 04:33 PM
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So excited to see this suggestion! I actually came back on here to mention that what REALLY helped me learn to stick in the saddle was lots of stirrupless work. I made a New Years resolution one year to finish every ride with a few minutes of sitting trot without stirrups. You really have to sit straight to maintain balance, but with a soft lower back to absorb the bounce. I waited till the end of my ride to work out any spook my horse might have had in him that day. At first it was torture on my muscles and I was SO nervous about falling. But I kept at it and now I stick like velcro to my saddle. Think soft knees (don't pinch) and calves wrapped around the horse. Now I have no problem trotting or cantering without stirrups and have even added riding bareback occasionally to mix things up.
I did the same thing. After every ride once my "crazy pony" had the bucks and spins worked out I would make myself do 8 laps sitting trot and 8 laps rising no stirrups then every once in a bit throw in some cantering and a jump. Now I just bareback over everything. xD x3 It does help alot but I love that you mentioned soft knees though, I don't think it gets mentioned enough really. >.>
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