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post #11 of 18 Old 05-07-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I have got the hang of trot without stirrups but don't want to try it in canter ,im afraid of falling off :S Im going to get a lunge lesson soon so hopefully that will help! The polish the seat thing really worked for my sister but I didnt get the chance to try it. I envy all those riders who are super-glued to the saddle :(
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post #12 of 18 Old 05-10-2011, 10:19 PM
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scoop! pretend your hips are a big tortilla chip and you are going in for salsa! bad example but really...
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post #13 of 18 Old 05-10-2011, 10:30 PM
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I wear my stirrups long. I can't have them where they are "supposed" to be because it just feels weird and I don't like it. Whenever I have tried to ride with my stirrups where they need to be I bounce around everywhere..Soo. I just wear them longer than other people do and it just works for me.

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post #14 of 18 Old 05-10-2011, 11:46 PM
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Lol arabianallie!!!!
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post #15 of 18 Old 05-11-2011, 06:49 AM
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start by cantering in 2-point, do this for a lap around the arana, then SLOWLY lower yourself into the saddle. The 2-point shold be where you are slightly stitting in the saddle and can feel the motion.

This really worked fro me
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I agree with trying to lengthen your stirrups but riding without them will help great amounts towards finding your rhythm. I find that the majority of my students with their own horses come to me riding with their stirrups too short. That leaves them trying to balance in their feet & legs instead of in their body. Pay attention to where your legs fall when you are riding, are shoulder, hip & heel in line with each other? Try standing on the ground like you were sitting on your horse, try putting your legs ahead of your body (you will fall on your butt) then try putting your legs behind your body (you will fall on your nose) Try finding your exact center of gravity this way on the ground and then try to find it on your horse.

Have you ever seen the toys called weebles they used to make for small kids? They looked like a little egg shaped guy that you could smack around and it couldn't fall over. The reason they can't fall over is because they have a ball that rolls around inside creating counterbalance. Think of yourself having a ball inside from belly to seat bones. Sit in a chair or on your horse and practice moving your ball without moving your seat. Over exagerate at first rolling your stomach forward/backward, up/down, side to side. You will look & feel silly :) Eventually it will become very small virtually unnoticeable movement and you will be able to flow with any gait of any horse. Those that kind find this kind of movement are the riders who you will hear referred to as "can stick like a tick"

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post #17 of 18 Old 05-11-2011, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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I went out a hack today . To cut it short I made myself look like a tool -__- The girl i was with suggested we canter and lets say it didnt go well. I lost my stirrups before i even got to canter and I made a fool of myself bouncing all over the place! what a nice first impression i made! I dont think longer stirrups worked...
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post #18 of 18 Old 05-11-2011, 03:04 PM
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You lost your stirrups because you tightened up/raised your legs.

Much good advice given here, yet I suggest that you be careful not to become a true "saddle-polisher", as some riders have become. You don't want to literally swipe your "nethers" back to front with each stride!

You must know that the human body must adjust, over a good deal of time, to a secure riding position. The ligaments & all actually change, so please don't get frustrated when there's no instant fix! Just knowing this will help you to relax, & relaxation will help your seat!

One thing that really helps is to remember to "go with" the horse: when you brace up against the movement, all is lost (including stirrups! :)) Good luck!
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