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post #1 of 3 Old 06-22-2012, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Balancing with my hands

So I'm really starting to figure out that I'm balancing with my hands, expecially at a lope! If I lose my balance the first thing I go for is pulling on those reins (not good). I am more aware of it, so I'm trying to correct myself, but any tips on how to not do this??
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-22-2012, 04:54 PM
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You need time riding the walk and the trot without stirrups. Also, you should ride one handed, and extend your other hand forward, above your head and behind you. There are numerous exercises. Do you take lessons? Ask your instructor to incorporate reaching for the poll, the tail, down to your toe, then cross over the other toe (everything done on both sides), and laying backwards on the horse. My instructor had us warm up every lesson this way, and I taught it to my students. My students did this at a walk, at first, then they did the exercise at both the trot and the canter. It is a standard warmup exercise and greatly improves your balance. =D
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-22-2012, 07:24 PM
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I don't know what discipline you ride so I'm going to give general advice.

A person's natural reaction when they feel out of balance and about to fall is to grab with the hands to avoid falling. Strengthening your core, legs, back and improving your balance will help. If you're a timid rider, increasing your confidence will as well. You could try riding on a lunge line so that the horse is in control and you can focus totally on you. If you ride English, put your stirrups in the highest hole and ride upright like a jockey (frog position). Learn how to ask for forward, change direction and stop without falling. When you can do that at the walk, add in some trotting and do the same - forward, direction change, stop - but also add transitions, up and down. When you can do all THAT, do the same at the canter. Then canter around for as long as you and your horse can manage.
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