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post #1 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Help sitting up straight while loping?

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I have been taking lessons, and everything's going good. Except when I'm loping, I lean back too much. I guess I'm too worried about leaning forward too much and so I over correct. If I make a contentious (sp?) effort I'm just fine. But, if I'm doing something like lead changes I lean back. Plus Doc tends to shoot into his lope, and stops HARD when he stops. I've been thrown forward into the saddle swells and get bruises lol. So maybe that plays a part too.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 08:33 PM
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Hard to tell without seeing you, your saddle, and your horse, but strengthening your abdominals won't hurt regardless.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-07-2012, 11:40 AM
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Have some one take a photo of you while your riding so you can see exactly what you look like instead of just "feeling it". Odds are your going to say, like many of my students do, "wow, I look ridiculous!". Then have them take a photo of you doing it the right way so you can see exactly what you need to do to achieve that position. Think about sitting up like you were on a stool with no back. You wouldn't be leaning all the way back. If you did you may have abs of steel after a while!! Hah. Really try to focus on it, the more you do the more muscle memory it becomes. All this assuming its a problem with you, not the tack, horse, etc.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-07-2012, 01:24 PM
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I'm no expert, but I've had two classes in western equitation, and I was taught to line up my shoulders, hips, and heels. I tend to lean forward, not back, like a jockey. That's probably better than back. I try to sit on my seatbones, and tailbone. That's three point contact. I feel a lot better in the saddle when I can feel my seatbones. If I lost a few pounds, I'd probably feel my tailbone, too.
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I'm no expert, but I've had two classes in western equitation, and I was taught to line up my shoulders, hips, and heels. I tend to lean forward, not back, like a jockey. That's probably better than back. I try to sit on my seatbones, and tailbone. That's three point contact. I feel a lot better in the saddle when I can feel my seatbones. If I lost a few pounds, I'd probably feel my tailbone, too.

I dont' think your tailbone should ever be in contact with the saddle, at least not intentionally. The so-called "three point contact" is the seat bones and the pubic bone. This is more a dressage type seat than what western riders might use.

One thing to think about when loping is think as if you are a tree that grows on a hillside; the tree is always upright. If the slope is steep, the tree's angle will be tight, in order for it to be perfetly vertical. But, in a lope, there isn't THAT much downhill part, so you don't need to try so hard to create a downward position to maintain true verticality.

Think "down" on each beat of the canter wher the horse lands on its' leading leg. So, one, two , three of the canter rythm becomes "one, two, down". On that down beat, think aobut your heels doing DOWN into the stirrup, past the stirrup toward the ground. Your pubic bone goes DOWN , following the saddle downward, but your upper body stays vertical, no matter what.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-08-2012, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, I have a video but it's on my phone and I can't post it. I will get another one on my camera when I can. Should I be sitting up straight, or slightly forward?
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-09-2012, 11:47 AM
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Stand in the saddle then sit without moving your lower leg - that is the correct position. If you think you might be in the incorrect position repeat stand/sit. If you have to change any psrt of your body (other than knee bend) you are riding incorrectly.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-09-2012, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you :)
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