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post #1 of 7 Old 05-26-2012, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Bouncing when riding

I am pretty new to riding... Just now getting really into it.. Been riding consistantly (at least once a week) for about 3-4 weeks now. I feel like I bouce a whooole lot when I ride... Like I'm going to bounce right off. I know that it obviously comes with practice and all that... But how much bounce is normal? (I have only "jogged" on the horse... nothing crazy.. can't remember the name for it at the moment... ) My instructor is telling me to push my knees and toes out in the same direction and then have my calf touching the horse... Which does make me feel more stable its just hard to keep it like that.. Is that how everyone else rides as well? Also, is there things to do when not riding to make the strength and everything better for riding? Sorry this post is kind of a mess with a trail of thoughts.... Thanks for the help! :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-26-2012, 06:55 PM
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This is one of those things that comes with time. It's a balance between being loose and going with the movement of the horse, and maintaining grip/balance.

Most new riders tend to be stiff. I relate it to channeling our inner turtle. When new riders start to get nervous, they turtle up... everything starts to suck up and inward. Legs and knees tuck up closer to body, arms an elbows come in, head/chin down and looking at the horse or ground.

For you to recognize that you are doing it, these are some of the things to watch for- this is when stirrups get dropped, horse breaks gait, or you start to feel like a jockey. Also you will know you are doing it because you get the living daylights bounced out of you. The looser you are, in regards to letting your body hang down and wrap around the horse, the easier it is to move with the horses motion and not bounce. To complicate this, you still grip with your thighs... but not to the point that everything becomes tense.

It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans
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I love Karrotkreeks description of the turtle, I totally relate lol
Bounce was my middle name I've gotten a lot better, the one thing to remember is to breathe, I would be going along and take a breath and realise that it felt like I hadn't taken a breath in a long time lol I know that's not true exactly but deep even breathing helps you to relax. I was bracing in my stirrups trying to get those pesky heals down, which was putting me in a chair postion. My upper body was flopping around while I concentrated on staying in the saddle. I really try to keep my feet forward, I look down a lot to make sure my right foot has a mind of its own. I keep my elbows next to my body, I don't tense them as much as I sit up straight and try not to let them wander around lol
You can take a book, rest the pads of your feet on the edge and sink your heels, I've done that. If I have someone to hold my horse, I grab my ankle and pull it behind me and focus on pointing my knee to the ground. Lifting both legs straight off the saddle, as well as letting my legs hand straight down rotating my ankles and kind of wiggling around on my seat to find my seatbones. The best is breathing I even kind of hum or talk to my partner out on the trail. If your talking your breathing
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I love Karrotkreeks description of the turtle, I totally relate lol
Bounce was my middle name I've gotten a lot better, the one thing to remember is to breathe, I would be going along and take a breath and realise that it felt like I hadn't taken a breath in a long time lol I know that's not true exactly but deep even breathing helps you to relax. I was bracing in my stirrups trying to get those pesky heals down, which was putting me in a chair postion. My upper body was flopping around while I concentrated on staying in the saddle. I really try to keep my feet forward, I look down a lot to make sure my right foot has a mind of its own. I keep my elbows next to my body, I don't tense them as much as I sit up straight and try not to let them wander around lol
You can take a book, rest the pads of your feet on the edge and sink your heels, I've done that. If I have someone to hold my horse, I grab my ankle and pull it behind me and focus on pointing my knee to the ground. Lifting both legs straight off the saddle, as well as letting my legs hand straight down rotating my ankles and kind of wiggling around on my seat to find my seatbones. The best is breathing I even kind of hum or talk to my partner out on the trail. If your talking your breathing
My instructor always says to breath. I tend to hold my breath when I ride.. Too much to focus on! Haha Thanks for the advice!



Thank you KarrotKreek too
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-26-2012, 07:52 PM
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Do you by any chance ski?
Riding is like skiing in that at first it feels absolutley impossible to ever have those slickery sticks stay under you and go where you want them to go. And like the turtle analogy, you get scared and you go into the "fatal (foetal) position". You collapse downward and try to just kind of protect your vitals.

In time, with skiing , you get so that YOU are the steady one, and the skis move under you and you learn that in order to keep them under you, you must stay upright and not lean uphill.

Same thing on the horse; stay upright and don't lean forward too much.

It WILL get easir.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-26-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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I actually have never been skiing but I like that anaolgy. I do tend to lean forward a loooot but I figured it was because I have horrible posture to begin with...
Thank you! :)
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You might find singing to yourself helps, it manages your breathing and forces you to relax.
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