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post #21 of 29 Old 03-08-2013, 03:00 AM
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Firstly, lovely horse :o)
Secondly, you are so like me lol. Sit up! Back straight, boobs out, shoulders back ;o) and relax! It does look like you're enjoying it though so you go girl!

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post #22 of 29 Old 03-08-2013, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Firstly, lovely horse :o)
Secondly, you are so like me lol. Sit up! Back straight, boobs out, shoulders back ;o) and relax! It does look like you're enjoying it though so you go girl!
Thanks EquineBovine! Glad someone else can relate! ;) Will try though clearly none of the above comes naturally whatsoever! Lol
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post #23 of 29 Old 03-08-2013, 09:51 PM
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I'm always getting yelled at by my mum for leaning forward. She's threatened to shove a pole down my shirt into the saddle to get my sitting UP. The best way I remember is to shove my shoulders back and stick my boobs out. It really helps and you'll find riding a lot easier too!
The hard part is staying like that haha

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post #24 of 29 Old 03-08-2013, 09:52 PM
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Oh and try do some stuff out of the saddle to help build up tummy and back muscles. That will make things a whole lot easier! So maybe start sit ups? Like as many as you can do to start off with, twice a day, and then just build on it :o)

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post #25 of 29 Old 03-15-2013, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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your comment about the other person leasing also being in a chair seat is very telling. It can be due to the saddle, AND the build of the hrose. He may be really well sprung in the ribs, with a kind of "groove" in front of his big belly, such that it's really hard to keep your leg down under you , when it is being rolled forward into that groove, time after time.
Could you take a photo of the horse, with saddle on, squared up on flat ground?
These are for tinyliny since you asked about pics of him. This is the best I could get as far as squared up on flat ground. Let me know if you see anything. Hope the pics are somewhat useful.

Another interesting thing I came across was watching some Wendy Murdoch videos where she spoke of 'filling' the lower back. She says the hollow, stiff backs a lot of riders have can cause using the reins for balance, pushing feet forward, and on and on. I'm definitely guilty of hollowing/bracing my back, not on purpose of course but because of constantly being told to 'sit tall', etc, but I didn't realize how I was doing it wasn't the right way. It's crazy how much we can get wrong if the details are left out!! So now I can definitely feel how much a difference it can make in stabilizing the core even just sitting in my chair. I can't ride until next Wed but I'll definitely be trying it then.

Back to my horse though, here are the pics.

Thank you.

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And just 'cuz he's got a cute face.

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post #26 of 29 Old 03-19-2013, 07:28 PM
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Beaut horse! <3 But don't like the saddle...hmmm how do you find it to ride in? I don't know what it is but it looks tiny and uncomfy and generally not nice...prob just me ;o)

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post #27 of 29 Old 03-19-2013, 07:28 PM
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If he goes missing he is totally NOT in New Zealand ;) hehehe

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I can see that you're really working to keep him going with every step! Good job!
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Okay when you post you do NOT bring the reins up with you... so learn to open and close your elbows so that your hands stay where they are.

Second, you need to lengthen your stirrups at least a hole or two.

Third... you are forcing your legs out and therefore they are splaying infront of you. Instead of shoving your heel down, think stretch my legs down. I guarantee if you watch this video, you will learn a fw exercises to try: How To Practice Your Classical Seat In Horseback Riding - YouTube

He needs more leg... he's kind of dragging his hind end a bit.

I like how soft you are :) and great job looking up.

Sit back and sit tall.
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