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post #1 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Ya'll,

I was wondering if any of you guys could give me some critques about keeping a better seat? Any exercises or things you do that help you keep a better seat? The horse I lease has a really bounce canter and stop, and my seat isn't that great. So again, any exercises or things you do that help you keep a better seat?

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 12:51 PM
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Riding without stirrups! You'll have to find your balance without stirrups. And it will encourage you to feel and move to the horses movements.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 04:21 PM
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Yep, ride without stirrups. Nothing helped me more quickly....except one thing. If you have the means, go for a long, long trail ride. Spend a good 3 hours traveling over every terrain you can find until you can't feel your legs anymore. You will come back so deep in the saddle, you'll be the tightest tick in the world.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 07:10 PM
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Yep, ride without stirrups. Nothing helped me more quickly....except one thing. If you have the means, go for a long, long trail ride. Spend a good 3 hours traveling over every terrain you can find until you can't feel your legs anymore. You will come back so deep in the saddle, you'll be the tightest tick in the world.
I need to try that
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 07:32 PM
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I need to try that
I actually discovered it purely by accident. I got back into riding as a 40 year old. I had spent 6 long years stuck jumping twigs on the ground because I just could not keep my heels down and get a solid base of support. A few weeks ago, I entered a hunter pace in a place my horse and I had never been before. I couldn't find a partner and was told they would pair me up with someone. I get there to find a total of 6 trailers parked, no horses around and was told everyone had already rode out and I would have to go alone. Despite having never done it with my horse who likes to follow and not lead, I already had made the trip so I gave it a try. The hunter pace ended up being 3 solid hours of hay fields, big hills and fences that I would normally never jump. About 2 hours into the ride, I felt something happen in my calves. I think after years and years of constant contraction, the muscles just finally cried uncle and let go. My heels dropped with them and I spent the last hour feeling more secure than I ever had in the saddle. We even tried some of the larger fences and my anchor was solid. I have since improved my jumping 100%. I credit it all to that 3 hour ride...and of course my super horse who did the whole thing like a champ by himself.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 07:35 PM
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Riding without stirrups, riding in proper position with legs back, sitting up, shoulders back, elbows relaxed, seat bones encouraging the horse, all of these develop the seat you want. Also having someone on the ground correcting you when you get out of position.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-08-2013, 11:15 AM
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If you can have someone lunge your horse you will really be able to focus on what you're doing and not worry about what your horse is doing. When I first started taking lessons my instructor had me ride without stirrups all the time and she also had me do "scissor kicks" at the trot which really helped me rely on my seat and not my legs to stay balanced.
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