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post #1 of 6 Old 12-21-2011, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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I can tell my seat is getting better because......

Well, it's really actually my fault that it happened in the first place. I got cocky and Cinny decided to teach me a lesson.

I was working on lead changes today. Canter 15M circle figure 8's and asking him for a trot and then a canter on the next lead in the middle of the figure 8. He was balanced and doing them perfectly. 1, then 2, then 3...4...5... one last one to make it even, Cinny. But on that 6th one, we went to a trot and then as soon as I asked for that canter on the opposite lead he jumped into the air, with all 4 off the ground and gave a big buck. I was able to correct him immediately with my voice (he is very sensitive to being yelled at so he only gets a loud disapproval when something is completely inappropriate). I halted him, gave him a smack and he looked very dejected. My friend that was riding in the arena and saw the whole thing said she was surprised that I actually stayed on.

I have to admit, I'm pretty surprised too, he didn't even knock me off balance. A year ago I came off of him for far less.... a jump sideways and I had a cracked tailbone, a little crow hop and I was flopping around like a rag doll. I don't feel invincible, but I think I have a lot more confidence in my riding and a lot less fear that he will buck if I piss him off.

Oh, and of course, after a 5 second deep breath, I did ask him to do it again. He was perfect the rest of our ride, which he usually is when he's been naughty enough for a verbal reprimand. He even gave me a nice cool down on trail and waited patiently in the cross ties for dinner for once.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-21-2011, 08:26 PM
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It's a good feeling, isn't it?

I had a similar a-ha moment like that about a month ago.

I was doing a 20 m canter circle when my horse slipped or stumbled and went down nearly to her knees before recovering. It's as if she had dropped right out from under me and down.

I thought oh crap here comes the ground, but as she recovered herself and stumbled up I remained perfectly vertical and balanced on the saddle.

I stopped Calypso and turned her around to face my trainer and said "Did you see that? I stayed on as if nothing happened". She replied "I know, seatbones are your friends".
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-21-2011, 09:46 PM
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Congrats that is so awesome! I always am quite proud of myself when I can stay in my seat when Gracie spooks. Had one of those moments a few weeks ago when riding with another lady. The wind kicked up and blew a loose panel on the side of the arena which slammed back with a BOOM. Both horses spooked in opposite directions. The other lady has already dismounted at that time, so she was fine, but Gracie reared up then jumped sideways about 10 feet. Once I got her calm, I looked at my friend and said "OMG I stayed on!"

I really feel that those spooks/ naughty behaviours make us stronger riders, and more confident that we can handle anything.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-21-2011, 10:00 PM
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that's great! It's nice to recognize one's own progress.
Today, I had the opposite experience; I thought, I can jump Zulu over that tiny crossrail (and I mean tiny). Well, fresh as he was, he went over with 120% of the effort required, then continued in a big canter and dodged left. I was WAY off balance, tryint to 2 point, which I suck at, and had that sickening feeling, "I'm going off!", but I did recover. But, I realized that I was pushing it too much for me. I am getting far less willing to take risks at 53 than I was 10 years ago, and Zulu was just super fresh, and I knew it!
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-22-2011, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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You have more guts than I do. Cin hasn't seen an actual jump since last April when they had one set up in the warm up at a show (Capri Caprilli classes). I took him over just for the fun of it, and he loved it, but I have never really had the guts to do it again. Either he is being fresh, or he is being a major angel and I decided not to set one up in order to be sure of ending on a good note (if it's going perfect, why ruin it by adding a jump)?

One day I will set up a nice little 1 footer and let him have at it.... maybe after I get a new helmet that fits better.
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Ah yeah, isn't that the best? Lots of bareback and stirrupless riding strengthened my seat like crazy. Now my mare can bronc (and yes, she can go NFR horse on you hahaha) when i'm english and I can sit it, even after loosing my stirrups. And I would have neeever been able to before I worked on that stuff.
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