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  • How to sit up taller when riding

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    04-26-2009, 12:13 AM
Ok. My instructor tells me to tuck my hips forward and keep belly button back. Doing this, I have a flat back rather than a rounded or arched back.
I completely agree with your Coach. We want to ride balanced at all times, and the moment we hollow out our lower backs, we are now unbalanced as a rider - which means, if we are out - so are our horses.

Also, the moment you tuck your belly button in, and straiten your lower back - you've now activated your core - which is one of the most important factors to riding.

You will be a much more effective rider, if you sit up taller instead of leaning infront of the verticle - placing all your bodies weight onto your horses forehand. And due to that, your hands are too low.

Right now, your horse is on his forehand. If you were to sit up taller, brought your shoulders back and closed your elbow angle *lifting your hands waaayy up* you will aid your horse, lift your horse up and into your aids, getting him off of his forehand.

Again - you have a fabulous seat. I love your effectiveness - just fix the few things, and you will have a functional mount under you.
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    04-26-2009, 12:30 AM

A trainwreck and I haven't even posted until now !

Darn I missed out.
    04-26-2009, 10:34 AM
Toot toot!
    04-27-2009, 04:14 PM
I think your position could be improved by bringing your leg back underneath you a tad and sitting up taller.

I agree with MIEventer, don't arch your back. Certainly not if your trainer tells you not to. Riding with an arched back not only throws off your balance and security in the saddle, but it also causes your muscles to get very tight and stiff, which further reduces the effectiveness of your riding.

By bringing your leg back so it's underneath you, you will have an even better seat and your leg will be very secure. You want a straight line from your ear to your shoulder to your hip to your heel. You will be balanced and centered and will find it easier to ask your horse to move off your leg.

To get the horse off of his forehand, I would suggest taking a light feel of his mouth, picking your hands up and pushing him up with your legs into the bridle. I know you're doing Hunters, and that is more of a Dressage technique, but I think it would help a lot when he starts to get really heavy on the front end.

Overall, you two look great! He's a very cute mover and your equitation looks fabulous.
    04-27-2009, 05:20 PM
Originally Posted by Trissacar    
Arch your back shoulders back.
As opposed to front shoulders?

    04-27-2009, 06:43 PM
Originally Posted by letsgetserious    
As opposed to front shoulders?

She meant, arch your back and keep your shoulders back.
    04-27-2009, 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by letsgetserious    
As opposed to front shoulders?

I meant arch your back and bring your shoulders back.

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