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    09-05-2011, 09:07 PM
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Yearling
Bad balance at the trot?

So I pushed my mare into a trot, and she listened perfect. She was being such a good girl. Well ME on the other hand, nearly bounced right out or the saddle! I felt bad for my girl having to deal with my horrid riding... I hold on with my upper legs, and still bounce around like crazy! My question is, what should I do to keep balanced? Oh and she also has a super quick trot lol.
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    09-05-2011, 09:16 PM
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Showing
When mounted, stand in the stirrups and push your hips forward and get your shoulders back. If your feet are too far forward you can't do this so move them until your can. This puts your heels in a much better position. Now, when you lower yourself to the saddle tell yourself you are going to sit on the pommel. It won't happen but try. This will put your pelvis in the deepest part of the saddle. This is the position you want to ride in. Try to do this where you can see your reflection. If you're bum is sticking out behind, no good. Then see if you can balance while standing while your horse walks. I get all my students to do this and pretty soon they try to have races while standing in the stirrups.
     
    09-05-2011, 09:29 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy    
So I pushed my mare into a trot, and she listened perfect. She was being such a good girl. Well ME on the other hand, nearly bounced right out or the saddle! I felt bad for my girl having to deal with my horrid riding... I hold on with my upper legs, and still bounce around like crazy! My question is, what should I do to keep balanced? Oh and she also has a super quick trot lol.
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The bolded part is most likely the reason you're bouncing around. Tensing up and gripping through your thigh is going to severely restrict your ability to move with the horse. You want to think about being relaxed, all the way from your bum to your knee, as though your legs are melting ice cream, running down the cone that is your horse's barrel (I am stealing that metaphor from someone -- I think Sally Swift. You should definitely check out her book "Centered Riding" if you have not already.)
     
    09-06-2011, 12:17 AM
  #4
Yearling
I don't quite understand what you mean, when I don't grip, I almost come flying off lol. She's very quick and not real smooth. It's very difficult to just stay on her
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    09-06-2011, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy    
I don't quite understand what you mean, when I don't grip, I almost come flying off lol. She's very quick and not real smooth. It's very difficult to just stay on her
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Do you have a video of you on her?
     
    09-06-2011, 07:04 AM
  #6
Weanling
Are you riding western or english? Either way, most riders will post to a fast trot, that is, you rise and sit with the motion of the trot. I would seek experienced help to teach you at least the basics of riding before you venture out on your own.
     
    09-06-2011, 09:05 AM
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Yearling
I ride western. And I don't have a video sadly, I can't upload anything on here from a phone. And I was thinking posting would probably help lol
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