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post #1 of 7 Old 02-02-2012, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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seat/hand independence

I was wondering if anyone had any tips working on seat and hand independence. I was told by a friend to jump a gymnastic with no hands but I don't have a fenced in place to ride and I sure as heck don't trust my horse to not run off!! Shes not that trust worthy :( If anyone has any helpful tips that would be great! I have stadium jumps and a few xc jumps to work with (too muddy to jump xc ones right now though)
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-02-2012, 04:11 PM
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I was wondering if anyone had any tips working on seat and hand independence. I was told by a friend to jump a gymnastic with no hands but I don't have a fenced in place to ride and I sure as heck don't trust my horse to not run off!! Shes not that trust worthy :( If anyone has any helpful tips that would be great! I have stadium jumps and a few xc jumps to work with (too muddy to jump xc ones right now though)
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Maybe get a friend to lunge you? Then you can concentrate on your balance and position without worrying about steering :)
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You don't have to let go of the reins to practice seat independence. In both full seat and half seat, W/T/C on the buckle without holding onto your horse in any upper body way for balance. If your horse starts to act up, the reins are right there to regain control. I do it all the time. My horse plods around the outside of the ring while I flop around up there trying to sit his trot and post without stirrups.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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thanks for your advice, I will try both those things!! :)
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I had loads of lessons on the lunge and then including jumping with arms outspread.
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I've also done some riding while holding the reins like driving reins so you can't do things like use your hands for balance, especially when jumping (it's going to follow the horse's mouth).

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-24-2012, 08:02 PM
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Working on your balance will also help your seat. Practice lots of frog position (put your stirrups up as high as they can go and ride around, like a jockey). Walk, trot, canter, change directions, transition up and down and practice your halts.

Once you can do ALL that, start seeing how long you can stay up while trotting, then see how long you can stay up while cantering.

Learn how to post the canter (go up one stride, down one stride. It's awkward but once you figure it out it's fun)

Post at a different beat. Instead of the up-down 2 beat post, go up for 2 beats, down for 1. Try different combinations of this - 3/2, 3/1 etc.

These things are also great to do for your warmup.
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