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post #1 of 6 Old 03-21-2013, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice/feedback on seat.

Hey everybody!
I'm currently reading the book 40 Fundamentals of English Riding and am on Fundamental #3: Leg Positions.

I'm trying to figure out if my "un-trained" position is decent or is something I can fix.

So I've never had any lessons of any type and [in the included photos] was riding for fun on vacations, but I'm hopefully going to start [hunter/jumper] lessons in a week or two and would like a bit of mental preparation (hence the book).

Now, my pictures aren't the best, but I hope they'll at least help give someone an idea of my seat--which I'm sure will need some work.

Back in Sept. 2010-
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Back in June 2011-
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Ignore my derp hand in the next picture. XD

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And advice? :S
I'll obviously be getting a professional opinion, but as said, I'm just trying to mentally prepare myself and position is something I've always been curious about.

Thank you!
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-21-2013, 11:36 PM
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Well, you'll be riding in an English saddle which will put you in a totally different position anyway. I can't really comment on those pictures because I know NOTHING about riding western.

If I may suggest... You're over thinking it. Have the lessons, enjoy learning, feel the differences, listen to the instructor and have some pictures taken.
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I may be over thinking it. XD I have a tendency to do that.
I just assumed the position would be similar but perhaps not. :P

Surely I won't end up being an awful rider...of course it'll take some practice, but that's what the lessons are for. ^-^

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For hunter/jumper, you will use a forward seat. Blurry snapshot from a book by George Morris.



From another book:



My favorite book on it is http://www.amazon.com/Common-sense-horsemanship-distinct-schooling/dp/0668026022/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363963505&sr=1-2&keywords=Littauer+horse by VS Littauer. I'm not a hunter/jumper, so I won't try to explain. It isn't so much a position (static) as it is a 'balance' - feeling your horse's balance, and matching his or adjusting for what you want him to do next.

While not hunter/jumper, this looks to me like a forward seat being used while campdrafting in Australia:



Let your instructor instruct you, and enjoy! Good luck!

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Thank you, bsms!(:
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In all of those photos you appear to be rolled forward onto your peepee, or, your "fork", for a more appropriate word. In hunt seat riding, you may have your legs shorter than in western, but you still should not be riding with so much contact on the front part of your pelvis. You appear to be rolled forward, and then with heavy knee contact, too. If you ride this way toward a jump, and the hrose props (stops suddenly), you will be projected right over his head.

I realize, you aren't going to be jumping any time soon, but you asked what about your seat is not "right".

Also, in English, you will have a bend in your knee, but your weight does not stop at a gripping knee, it goes down into and through your ankle, as your foot rests on the stirrup bar. You have a "clining" type seat there.

In any case, take some lessons and then post how it's going for critique, ok?
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