Originally Posted by SRich
Haha Easier said then done!
I never thought riding a horse was going to be so hard. LOL Boy I was wrong. My thighs still hurt and I have bruises for proof! I'll ask my trainer if I can ride bareback next ride.
Honey if you were lookin' for easy, you picked the wrong sport. This is horse riding, not horse sitting.
Practice loosening up, which is against human nature (yet so is most of the things we have taught the horse to accept against nature for them too.) but that's the only way to ride.
There is no secret, just hard work and learning to be the boss of every muscle in your body, so you can tighten and loosen when necessary. Once you can do that, it's easy sailing because you build muscle memory.
Until then, riding lessons and keep on practicing. Learn to melt into your horse, stretch down, and enjoy the ride. Don't brace, push, or force anything.