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post #11 of 15 Old 02-19-2011, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by upnover View Post
That's my first thought too. Your lower leg is your FOUNDATION! You have no real balance or security without a good lower leg. Your heel should be directly under your hip. Your leg should have equal contact through your thigh/knee/calf (not more pressure in one of those three areas). Make sure the INSIDE of your leg is what has contact with your horse's side, not the back. Start with a good leg first, and other parts of your position/balance will come.
Exaclty upnover! That's exactly what I was thinking!

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post #12 of 15 Old 02-19-2011, 11:11 PM
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awesome advice from all!

today with a beginner student i did a longe lesson (adult) and an intermediate student did the same lesson. intermed did trot > canter, beginner did walk > trot (she is dead dead beginner). both worked on finding their center of gravity via sally swift (LOVE her book) and both ended up with better lower leg - which translated to not leaning forward or riding with too closed a hip angle.

in addition to what everyone mentioned, i also like to add to try and focus on hip angle not leaning so much as there IS a difference. think that you need to have a more open hip angle which in order to do so you need a good foundation (lower leg) and relaxed upper body with hands in the right position a few inches above the withers and in front of the pommel.

also when doing longe lessons (they are good for all levels of riders!) ride with your hands on your head, sit on them, out to the side, one up one down while staying centered, both out in front like superman - and focus on where your hands move what it does to your balance and position and work on being able to move your hands without changing your center of gravity or balance. this will help your body learn how to ride with the ever elusive independent hand you hear trainers talk about all the time ;) plus hey it's a fun lesson bc you feel totally silly doing it then realize how much it helps!!!

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post #13 of 15 Old 02-22-2011, 02:05 PM
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There are many physical activities you could do but i am willing to bet it is mainly in your head, e.g. A mental blockage, everyone suffers them spend some time visualizing yourself doing it perfectly correct and i know it sounds silly but seriously try it and post back your results

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i find looking up and ahead helps alot and rotate yours shoulders back :)

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post #15 of 15 Old 03-19-2011, 04:32 PM
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Don't worry -

1. when you trot try to lean back a bit - almost what feels like too far back but it will be right position.

2. Are your reins to short - if they are this may be affecting you.

3. Are you tense - try to relax and feel your seatbones on the saddle

4. Try sitting trot - it can help you get the feel for a trot before you go at a rise
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