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post #11 of 22 Old 10-17-2010, 11:14 PM
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Try relaxing your legs at the lope. If your tense your body is not going to move with the horse. Loosen up your lower back, hips and thighs. You should be squeezing with your calves. You need to move with the horse. Let your hips do all the work.

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post #12 of 22 Old 10-17-2010, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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I know I was sitting wierd! I usually am much better. However I do hope I can take some more lessons soon. I took some but that was English lessons so it was a bit different. And the only time I cantered at my lesson, I fell off because I was put over a jump at the canter without knowing how to do either. I fell off twice and it kind of knocked my confidence until I got Berdi.
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-17-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Try relaxing your legs at the lope. If your tense your body is not going to move with the horse. Loosen up your lower back, hips and thighs. You should be squeezing with your calves. You need to move with the horse. Let your hips do all the work.
I'll really have to practice that. It is really easy bareback but so hard in the saddle. I think I do tense up more in the saddle for sure so I think that's part of my problem. Also bareback I either stay balanced or I hit the dirt. With the saddle I have a horn to rely on! Maybe that's why I'm more balanced bareback.
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-17-2010, 11:24 PM
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When you get nervous are you grabbing for the horn?

If your doing that your probably tensing up alot. Try and focus on staying relaxed. Once you find that rhythm it'll be easy.

An area or a large round pen would be great to use. You wouldn't have to worry about where your going as much and would be able to concentrate on relaxing and getting your rhythm down.

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post #15 of 22 Old 10-17-2010, 11:26 PM
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To me it looks like your stirrups are a tad to short...you also need to work on anchoring your seat with your heels. It does appear that the saddle "may" be too small for you, as well, given you have to sit so far back on the cantle.

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post #16 of 22 Old 10-17-2010, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I definitely grab for the horn when I'm nervous. Especially in the transition from trot to lope or from lope to trot. Bareback I don't and I'm much more relaxed. I wish I had an arena to work in but I don't. Maybe the lunge line is the best thing I can do for now.

I have lengthened the stirrups since then - they feel comfortable and I can drop my weight into my heel. But I think I tense up and so I bounce a lot.
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post #17 of 22 Old 10-17-2010, 11:46 PM
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I know you said you have dropped your stirrups but how low? I like my leg to really hang down otherwise I feel like I am trying too hard to get a grip with my seat and my thighs. Try dropping another few holes. The saddle itself looks like it fits you but with your stirrups that high, your saddle feels small.

If nothing else, there is no harm in riding bareback. If you are comfortable and your horse is...why worry?
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post #18 of 22 Old 10-18-2010, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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When I take my feet out of the stirrups the bottom of my foot touches the bottom of the stirrup. I will try lengthening it a bit more and see how that is.

Yes, that is true. We both love bareback so that is what I mostly will be doing with her.
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post #19 of 22 Old 10-18-2010, 01:43 AM
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Saddle angle?

Hi,

It could be that the saddle angle is forcing you back against the cantle. True, you need to sit up straighter, but if the saddle is too high in front (and it looks kind of like that to me), you will find it really hard to sit up correctly vertical, and when cantering will be consistently left behind in the motion.
Take and post a photo of the saddle on Byrdie with no one on board. Also, a shot of how you normally sit when you ride bareback. Your postition in the saddle would hopefully be pretty close to the position on bareback, tho not exactly the same.

Also,, try riding IN the saddle but WITHOUT stirrups , trot and canter.

If the saddle angle is not level (and this is quite possible with a sway backed horse) you might be able to lift it a little with a wedge pad, but it's kind of dicey because such lifting can then cause the saddle to press down too hard on the area just behind the shoulder blade.

After you take the above mentioned photos, try saddleing up with the saddle a tiny bit further back, just for giggles.

She looks like a really sweet mare. I envy you your skill at bareback. I am a total wimp when it comes to that.
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post #20 of 22 Old 10-18-2010, 05:00 PM
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When you are feeling off balance in the saddle instead of grabbing the horn try touching the horn with your fingertips and lightly push back (your seat down and shoulders back & up).

You and your horse are so cute.
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