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post #1 of 5 Old 12-28-2009, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Relax my back?

Ok, I had a thread up a while ago to critique my riding, and people told me to relax my back, I am more than willing to, but, uh. I'm not sure how to do it...
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-28-2009, 11:23 AM
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Do you feel like you are fighting that saddle? Your feet are out in front and it gives you a braced appearance. You are back against the cantle. I prefer to ride more upright with my feet under me. I like the deeper pocket seats that are more centered. This is a Tex Tan. I don't lie Circle Y saddles b/c the stirrups are hung to far out in front. Tex Tan sets them back a little farther.

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-28-2009, 12:03 PM
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I noticed also that you look to be bracing, does it feel that way? Also in the second pic it looks like you are sitting really far back...? it could be the angle too.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-28-2009, 12:11 PM
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It does look like you are sitting up on the cantle in the second pic.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-29-2009, 11:03 AM
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Agreed with the above ^^ posts. Now, it could be the saddle, maybe it doesn't fit you right. If that's not the case, and even if it is, try to deepen your seat in the saddle. It kinda looks like to me you are trying to use your feet more to keep you in place, and it also looks like you are using them to brace the impact of the movement of the horse. You should be just ridding it out a little more (if that makes sense). If western is your kind of riding than you need to relax your body way more, because you look like you should be ridding english by the looks of your posture. Also, if your horse has a "go" button, meaning he is real responsive and likes to "go" with the touch of your leg, that could be why you are ridding the way you are. If that is the case, try to desensitize him to leg pressure a little bit. Other than that, I'm not sure what else to say lol. You do look like you know what your doing for the most part though so thats always a plus in my book haha.

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