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        04-24-2008, 01:45 AM
    I need help with my seat :(

    I ride englsih and I want to get better at the sitting trot. Gypsy has actually a really smoth jog which is nice then I can sit her normal trot pritty well but any tips on getting it just right and go into the more forward trot?

    I also need help with it in the canter. So my trainer noticed that I don't keep my legs still at the canter but im letting my seat move with the horse...So just don't know whats going on there. Help!

    Here is a link to a vid of me riding. Im not that good I know but I need work and im trying!

    (sorry the vid quality isnt good)
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        04-24-2008, 06:06 PM
    I couldn't really see all that good, but it looks like you keep your lower leg too far forward which would throw you off balance.

    I would suggest doing some no stirrup work. It will build up the muscles in your legs and get you less dependent on your stirrups for stability, which it what it looks like to me.
        04-24-2008, 06:32 PM
    I will try that tomorrow! Thanks....
        04-24-2008, 07:32 PM
    No problem
        04-24-2008, 11:02 PM
    You really do need to work on keeping your lower leg still.
    Try thinking of "painting" the saddle seat from back to front with each stride, move your pelvis with the horse, really think about how your pelvis should be working WITH the horse, not independent of it.
        04-28-2008, 06:22 PM
    Your trainer should have good suggestions for you, really. But working without stirrups is absolutely amazing for lower legs and seats. If your trainer has any experience with lunging, you should have lessons on the lunge, without reins and stirrups, so that your legs, seat and hands become independant. Without reins and stirrups you pretty quickly learn to have a good seat.
    Good luck.
        04-28-2008, 09:08 PM
    Yeah, you just need some work with your lower leg. ;) I also think working with no stirrups should help the problem. It can be difficult, I know!
        04-28-2008, 09:58 PM
    Thanks guys, My trainer is just so busy its hard to get a lesson in with her, when I already have a group lesson and I can't work on the lunge line then...But I will have to just not use stirrups when I ride till I get better.

    I have gotten better with my hands. Since my horse pulls on me I have trouble balancing because she constantly will pull...But im now not hanging off her as much. :)
        04-28-2008, 10:07 PM
    That's good to hear!
        04-29-2008, 09:30 PM
    So today I started working with no stirrups and I already noticed an improvment in my canter! Im so excited....

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