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        09-06-2010, 08:29 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Thank you everyone. (:
    I'll definitely try and sit back more, I don't know why I get to leaning forward so much, but I always have to be corrected on that, too. X]
    I've only been riding 2 years, so I'm trying to fix bad habits before they get worse. :)
         
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        09-06-2010, 09:01 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I really think the problem is your pelvis, because I had this problem a lot too, but have been working all summer on it (almost daily lessons) and it is getting miles better now that I know where it comes from. For me someone would say "don't lean forward, so I would sit up with my upper body but my lower body stayed the same which put more of an arch in my lower back, which made me grip more with my knees and ultimately exaggerated the problem even worse!

    One day my friend's little sister was visiting and said "doesn't that hurt your crotch" and BING I kind of realized what was going on. Also I had my trainer put my leg in the right position (at the girth) and hold it there at the halt while I tried to 2 point. I physically couldn't arch my back/rock forward on my pelvis and again BING realized where I needed to be. Hope this helps!
         
        09-06-2010, 09:33 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I'll definitely try that, thanks! I only have lessons 1, maybe 2, times a week, so I'll have to wait 'till the weekend, but I'll let you know how it goes (:
         
        09-07-2010, 11:51 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I agree with what everyone said. You really need to give a better release, that poor horse in the first picture is getting bumped in the mouth and he looks really upset.
         
        09-10-2010, 07:03 PM
      #15
    Foal
    @Tealamutt:
    I did what you said today and I'm not sure if my eq looked better (no one was there to take pics/video), but it felt so much better. Cantering and jumping was so much more comfortable, thank you! (:
         
        09-12-2010, 10:35 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Try to keep your leg at the girth and it will make a huge difference. When you lose your leg, it causes you to stand in the stirrups and therefore, are Waaaay ahead. For a release, aim for keeping your hands about halfway up their neck. Grab a little piece of mane if it helps! Once you have your leg stable and a good release, push your bum back so your crotch is over the seat of your saddle.
    And there you go!
    Good luck :)
         
        09-13-2010, 12:57 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    Awesome bluezeph. I really hope it helped. Try thinking about really engaging your core while you're thinking about your pelvic position too. After a lesson I feel like I just did an hour of abs work out! Whoever says riding isn't work isn't doing it right!! Keep up the great work!
         
        09-13-2010, 06:25 PM
      #18
    Foal
    @x Branded Heart x - Okay, thank you!

    @tealamutt - Alrightie! (: Haha, definitely. XP Thanks!
         

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