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post #11 of 13 Old 11-08-2008, 01:51 PM
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Ok guys, well I experiment today on the lope. I noticed that if I lean back alittle and sit on my back pockets, I can ride the lope much easier because I find it easier to move my hips with nana motion.

What is weird though, when I looked at me and nana's shadow on the hill along side the road, it looked like I was sittin up straight when I sat on my back pockets..

Am I suppose to sit on my back pockets? Because I noticed if I try to sit up straight and scoot up to the horn, I notice I bounce ALOT, but when I kinda lean back (back is still straight, atleast I think it was) I can move my hips WAY better and hardly to no bounce.

Hmmmmmm..... ugh.. it just annoyin that I am having so much trouble.

The problem most people have is in perception. I know I have yelled at so many of my students to sit back and even if they move just a little it is not enough. If you feel you are too far back then it is probably right.

In sitting back at the canter/lope you must realize that in this gait one side of the horse advances more than the other so you must advance that same side of your body as well as sitting back in order to work with the movement.
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western pleasure you really are sitting on your pockets... you arent nearly has far back as you feel like you are... also, people tell you to put your weight in your heels but the way I can explain it is... put your heels down, don't lift your toes up, alot of people will hold their toes up, that's different from pushing your heels down, different muscles... Also when you put your weight in your stirrups, the weight should be on the inside ball of your foot, not towards the little toe... also... this is going to sound silly, but make sure you are not curling your toes....

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post #13 of 13 Old 11-08-2008, 09:22 PM
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I've heard it described that way--sitting on your back pockets. And hey, if it feels right now, you are probably doing it right. What do folks say who watch you?
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