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    05-19-2010, 01:53 AM
Stay in the seat!

When I ride in a saddle, I cannot sit a trot to save my life. Bare back I'm great but saddle is a no go. I have tried the "potato sack in your back pockets" state of mind deal & that helped for a while. Then I was told I was too tense. So I've tried loosening up & I've become very relaxed & I always think "potato sack", but I cannot seem to do it. It's not the horse because it's on almost evey horse I ride. It's really frustrating. :( Any tips?
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    05-19-2010, 01:55 AM
Green Broke
Take of your stirrups! And STAY LOOSE! Trust me, it feels like your bouncing at lot more then you are usually :)
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    05-19-2010, 01:55 AM
Green Broke
Sorry for the double post
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    05-19-2010, 01:58 AM
No stirrups? Hmmm...will that hinder me though? I'm going to be competing in Barrels & such, so I will need them. I can see how that could help though.
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    05-19-2010, 02:00 AM
Green Broke
I don't think it will, just give you a deeper, sturdier seat :)
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    05-19-2010, 02:05 AM
Cool. Thanks. :) I'll try that. Thank you very very much. It's become very irritating...
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    05-19-2010, 02:09 AM
It is very likely that your stirrpus are too short and that is what is causing you to pop out of the saddle. Either take them right down or ride with out them for awahile and you should feel improvent =)
    05-19-2010, 02:21 AM
Green Broke
My one mare is like riding a jack hammer in a trot. Seriously, everyone says so.
I learned to sit her trot by riding her bareback & by taking my feet out the stirrups.
It totally works.
    05-19-2010, 03:18 AM
There are a few things you can do. Ridergirl, silverspur, and flytobecat covered the main ones.

It is entirely possible that you are still too tense, especially through your back. Also, that you are carrying too much weight in your stirrups. I would suggest trotting around bareback for a few minutes before you saddle up and concentrate on how your muscles are working and which ones you are using. When you get the saddle on, trot off and see if you notice a difference.

I haven't had this issue since I was a little kid, but I remember my mother telling me that having a saddle on the horse was not an excuse to get lazy. She had me try the exercise I outlined above, and I discovered that I wasn't using any muscle with a saddle on. I relied way too much on my stirrups.

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