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post #1 of 5 Old 02-26-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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I Need Tips On Riding - Pivoting, Keeping Posture, Etc.

Here are some videos of my Thoroughbred Duke riding Western and English. I'm having a hard time keeping my position right because my legs want to slide forward, especially in his western lope. I don't know if it's because my western saddle is a barrel saddle and not a pleasure saddle, or if it's just me. He also needs to drop his head in the lope and pivot smoother. He can back well, and is really supple mouthed, but I just can't get his pivots right. Please give me any suggestions on how I can improve. I'm open to critiquing as long as I get advice on how to fix it!

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in your western saddle you are leaning back too far.remember,your center of gravity is in your hips,so as you roll with your lope keep your hips down.your horse will keep his head down better if you keep your hands down and still,and don't use your reins for balance.as far as pivots,you take a half step forward,then with the outside leg and rein,send him into doing a crossover,outside leg in front.as you progress,hold him the same way and hold him a little more snug,but do not let him step back.
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And to add what Rob said, he's much more suited to Hunt Seat than he is western.
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Thanks guys :) Yes, I know he does better in hunt seat. That is what I bought him for, and since he's a Thoroughbred, it comes more naturally for him. I just do Western on the side for fun. I'll try what you suggested for the Western riding.
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