Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I agree with everyone.
I only got 10 seconds into the video, where all I could see was your seat smacking your horses back.
Our horses backs are so sensative, and by you landing into the saddle like that, you are really interfearing with his back/spine and movement. You have a good lesson pony who keeps going for you.
The main issue here is stiffness in your hips and you are blocking somewhere in your body - my first guess would be knee pinching - BUT - you cannot correct this until you correct what is causing it.
You are now allowing your lower leg to be your base of security. No stabillity in lower leg means no base of security in tack. No base of security in tack results to rider turning to other means for that base of security - gripping, pinching, stiffness, no balance.
You have no balance, your horse has no balance.
You really need to learn to allow your lower body to support your upper. First, get those legs under you. Your heels should align with your hips, your hips should align with your shoulders. Open your knees, allow your heels to take your bodies weight, get those legs under you and imagine yourself wrapped around your horses girth *lower leg*.
Once you corrected your lower leg, now you can rely on that to support and secure you in your tack, and now you can learn to have a much more effective seat.
As already stated, you need to sit in your saddle - a great trick is to reach back with 1 hand and touch the top of your horses tail *where it connects to the rump* but you wont be successful, until you relax your hips - they are so stiff, which is not allowing your seat to move with your horses motion.
Work on relaxing your hips, allow them to move with your horses motion.
What I would love to see you do, is go on the lunge line. That way, you can focus on yourself and not have to worry about directing your horse and what your horse is doing.
Have your coach take your reins away. That way, you can focus on your seat and lower body - I promise you, you'll find it fast.
Learn where you should be in the saddle, when you figure that out, you'll know what feels right and what doesn't.
Cute pony! I love chestnuts with white blazes - and I love your saddle pad :)
You have to fix your lower legs, so that you can rely on them for support, then you can learn to relax your hips.
First thing I would suggest is really work on strengthening your lower leg. Heel, inner calf.
Last edited by MIEventer; 03-07-2009 at 10:52 AM.