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    04-14-2013, 01:00 PM
  #11
Green Broke
100% guaranteed way to not fall off is.................................. wait for it............................. do not get on, bah ha hahahahaha!!!
Sorry, could not resist!
I agree with balance, ride bareback to practice this. That is what I do when I want to work on my seat. Or we can do as bsms suggested, and cheat! I am all for cheating when you can, lol. Good luck!
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    04-14-2013, 07:09 PM
  #12
Weanling
I agree with all of the above, but I'd like to throw something else out there.
In some cases, it is mind over matter.
I had a tendency to just fall off, even when the situation wasn't that bad. Balance was part of it, but a big thing was confidence.
Then, one day, I took a horse out for a ride in a pasture. He decided he didn't really want to play anymore, so he whipped around and took me for the ride of my life. At that point, he was going so fast that I figured I'd probably die or be seriously maimed if I let go, so it was enough to keep me on. Now I'm at the point where it's pretty hard to get me off.
So, not too much help, but consider confidence!!
     
    04-14-2013, 10:49 PM
  #13
Showing
Sometimes when horses spook, people do nothing but throw their hands up or tense. The best thing to do is something. Whether that is to relax, to look forward, to grab the reins and re-direct the energy, to disengage the hindquarters and sit back on your seat bones.

Something!
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    04-14-2013, 11:23 PM
  #14
Super Moderator
I have been spun off a spooking horse 5 times in the last 4 years. My balance probably isn't that great. I also think, that because I am fat and have a big tummy and boobs, that my center of gravity is high. But , you deals with what you has.

I have to say I disagree with bracing into the stirrup and curling over at the waist. It might be ok to put some weight down into the stirrup, but if that is accompanied by a locked knee, that is the kiss of death to staying on a rapidly moving horse.

Ride your own seat bones. Sit up straight and keep your shoulders right over your own seatbones, so that you will be LESS affected by centrifugal force.

Have you ever seen them balanceing a very tall pole on their hands, like at a circus? As long as it's lined up vertical, it will stay balanced.
     
    04-24-2013, 12:52 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by JaneyWaney9    
I agree with all of the above, but I'd like to throw something else out there.
In some cases, it is mind over matter.
I had a tendency to just fall off, even when the situation wasn't that bad. Balance was part of it, but a big thing was confidence.
Then, one day, I took a horse out for a ride in a pasture. He decided he didn't really want to play anymore, so he whipped around and took me for the ride of my life. At that point, he was going so fast that I figured I'd probably die or be seriously maimed if I let go, so it was enough to keep me on. Now I'm at the point where it's pretty hard to get me off.
So, not too much help, but consider confidence!!
I agree with this and what Skye said.
While balance and a good, stable seat will help you enormously in the case of a spook, I know that personally, what has made the biggest difference in my riding is my confidence level.

Over the two and a half years that I have been riding, a number of various situations pretty early on dented my confidence pretty badly. I found that although I have a decent seat, I would come off at the tiniest things.
Because when my horse would spook, I would do as Skye said - I would tense. I didn't have the confidence in myself and my riding ability to think I would be able to handle my horse and stay on - so I didn't. But as I've been working with my instructor and gaining more confidence, I'm discovering that it's getting harder and harder for my spooky, crow-hopping mare to get me off.
     
    04-24-2013, 01:03 AM
  #16
Yearling
Balance is part of it, but it doesn’t matter how good your balance is, if you are not relaxed you won’t stay in the saddle. Relax, imagine your weight sinking into the saddle and out through you heels. Relax, and keep your centre of gravity down in your pelvis. And. RELAX.
     
    04-24-2013, 01:11 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by AnrewPL    
Balance is part of it, but it doesn’t matter how good your balance is, if you are not relaxed you won’t stay in the saddle. Relax, imagine your weight sinking into the saddle and out through you heels. Relax, and keep your centre of gravity down in your pelvis. And. RELAX.
I'm not sure, but did you say "Relax"? Just not sure I caught the gist of what you were sayin'.
     
    04-24-2013, 01:15 AM
  #18
Yearling
Relax :)
     
    04-24-2013, 03:20 AM
  #19
Weanling
I think it was Sally Swift that wrote the book Centered Riding, that said something like, be a tree and grow roots. Anyway there was an illustration in the book of this person on a horse with roots growing downward and anyway this has actually helped me at times to picture this. Maybe it subconsciously makes you sit deeper?
     
    04-24-2013, 07:35 AM
  #20
Green Broke
I agree with all the above and want to add, "Pull leather!" Grab the horn. Grab the strings. Have a dog collar through the gullet and make a nightlatch.

It takes a bit to get me off, but I am not above grabbing for anything available if I start to lose my seat. And if I knowlingly climb on something that spooks or shies and that's why I'm getting on? I'm going to stay on almost anyway I can.
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