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post #11 of 28 Old 04-17-2013, 01:50 AM
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That’s not a chair seat. THESE are a chair seat.
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post #12 of 28 Old 04-17-2013, 01:51 AM
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post #13 of 28 Old 04-17-2013, 01:53 AM
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And these ones aren’t even as extreme as some I have seen; one guy who was a station manager on a place I worked actually rode around like he was lounging back in a laZboy. Astonishing to watch, how he didn’t fall off I think was only due to being wedged in under the kneepads of the saddle.
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post #14 of 28 Old 04-17-2013, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks AndrwPL - I guess I'm not THAT bad! But would like a more straight leg from shoulders, hips down....
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post #15 of 28 Old 04-17-2013, 09:28 AM
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Meh, in your photos you didn’t look bad to me. All I'd suggest, and I have no idea about any “English” style of riding so take it with a grain of salt, is to sit a little straighter from your seat to your shoulders, you seem to be leaning a tad forwards (again I have no idea about dressage so I could be completely wrong); and perhaps ride with your stirrups a touch longer. You might just need a little more length to sink into the saddle and let your body straighten out.
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The photos AnrewPL showed are fairly common in western riding. I usually spend some time every ride doing that. As long as I move my hips with my horse and don't brace against the stirrups, it works fine for us both. At least in my experience, when I do that, much of my weight is carried by my thighs and my butt is fairly light in the saddle. But it is NOT proper riding for an English saddle...

A tip I liked was to get in the saddle, hold the front, and shove my knees as low as I could get them. Then relax. I don't jump, so I can't comment about that.

This is at a canter, but it is from a George Morris book showing what he says is good position:


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post #17 of 28 Old 04-17-2013, 10:18 AM
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I was going to suggest getting a riser pad to tip your saddle forward a bit, but it looks like you've already done that!
I had a bit of the same problem. But I only noticed it because my "girly bits" were catching on the pommel of my english saddle every time I'd rise in the trot. I thought it was just me on the learning curve, but turns out it wasn't completely! It really hurt!
Now that I have the riser pad, I don't have to consciously place my legs back a few inches. They just fall in to place naturally.
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Here is today's lesson. We have new leathers, I have a riser pad - although the coach would like to see it even higher. I've tried stretching out my legs first and then putting them into the stirrups - unfortunately I didn't remember to do that this time. But when I move my leg back to where it looks like it should be it feels like its way behind me.
Here's some photos from today, a couple look better, but I'm also in a two point, or a half seat.

This one to me looks chair seatish...
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And these two are me in a lighter seat and I think my leg is better.



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post #20 of 28 Old 04-22-2013, 12:25 AM
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Here is today's lesson. We have new leathers, I have a riser pad - although the coach would like to see it even higher. I've tried stretching out my legs first and then putting them into the stirrups - unfortunately I didn't remember to do that this time. But when I move my leg back to where it looks like it should be it feels like its way behind me.
Here's some photos from today, a couple look better, but I'm also in a two point, or a half seat.

This one to me looks chair seatish...
It's the angle of the photo. Straight to the side I think it would be in nice alignment.

I see improvement in the angles of your leg. Less chair-y.

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