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    01-07-2013, 08:37 PM
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Yearling
Improving Balance?

Hey guys, I was wondering what some good exercises for improving horse and rider balance are?
     
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    01-07-2013, 08:45 PM
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Showing
Figures, transitions, riding on a lungeline without reins (have someone sensible holding the lungeline), riding without stirrups, riding in different terrain (hilly, flat, sandy, grass, etc.) and adding in obstacles.

Just ride more, but not necessarily longer. Keep sessions focused.
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    01-12-2013, 11:41 AM
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Started
For your balance - bareback would be my thing. It helps with balance and with posture. If you can be balanced bareback - you have a better chance getting balanced under-saddle. That's the way I do it.
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    01-15-2013, 02:54 PM
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Foal
I have heard both those suggestions as well. I have also heard that exercise with the exercise ball can assist rider balance as well. A good newsletter I enjoy that has exercises in it is EquiSearch Newsletter
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    01-15-2013, 02:56 PM
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Trained
Try Ballroom dancing, for yourself. Especially if you think you have 2 "left" feet. The longer your ride, the more you start using your weight as an aid.
Ride both the 1/2 seat, slightly out of the saddle, bent knees and balanced on your stirrups, and riding without stirrups for long periods.
     
    01-17-2013, 11:13 AM
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Foal
I do this myself n I can really see an improvement in ballance and my seat. At the walk in a saddle get in 2 point n walk few laps around the ring. (your legs will burn!) Have a seat n rest your legs then get back up and do figure 8s. Wen the horse bends you bend with him move your shoulders so they match his (on a circle tracking left your inside or left shoulder will be back and your right will be forward... but twist at the waist!!) If you can do this and keep a nice leg possiton and not fall down in the saddle, wobble or grab mane to catch yourself you have preaty good balance. Now do it at the trot. Another goofy exersise I do is drop stirrups sit in the saddle and have your horse walk along the outside of the ring. Now bring one foot up and rest it on the pommel of the saddle as soon as your ankle touches it drop it back down and do it with the other leg. If you can do that n not wobble then do it with both at the same time. It should kinda look like your goning to sit indian style in the saddle. Its hard to explain so if you dng understand that part im sorry. But wen you do it it looks real goofy but will really improve ballance and seat
     
    01-17-2013, 08:11 PM
  #7
Yearling
Riding bareback-- it's about the best thing you can do to help improve your balance.
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    01-19-2013, 08:21 AM
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Foal
Ride standing up. First at the walk then when your balance is good, go to the trot. When that is good, go to the lope. And yes, its ok to help balance yourself by placing your hands on either side of the horse's neck till your legs and your core strength get strong enough you no longer have to use your hands. Just don't balance yourself with the reins and horse's mouth ...... they really don't like that!
     
    01-30-2013, 10:24 AM
  #9
Foal
Here's another set of exercises for improving rider balance :)
7 Balimo Exercises To Improve Your Balance In The Saddle from Practical Horseman | Equisearch
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