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    11-09-2011, 01:45 PM
Keeping contact with narrow sides.

So one of the horses I'm riding right now is SUPER narrow. If I ride her bareback I feel like I'm on a pole :/ Anyways I try to maintain contact with her sides but sometimes I put too much pressure trying to keep them on and she speeds up or my legs come off and then come back on and it's the same thing. How can I maintain a consistent contact with this horse's sides? Just practice?
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    11-09-2011, 01:55 PM
I squeeze with my upper thighs. It also takes a lot of balance! My standardbred is pencil thin too, and hanging on is usally a chore!
    11-09-2011, 08:18 PM
Just allow your legs to 'hang' from your hips. No gripping, just sit on your seat bones and drop your legs. Gripping with your thighs brings your centre of gravity forward, makes you grip your knee which then draws the lower leg off and back.
    11-09-2011, 10:55 PM
Haha I swear, I do! My legs don't touch her when they naturally hang! That's where my problem stems from I have to wrap my legs around her to have contact. Bareback I can almost hook my feet together under her belly, just saying lol it's seriously ridiculous.
    11-09-2011, 11:03 PM
Wow, she is VERY narrow! Do you ride Western or English? If English, maybe look at getting a close contact saddle for her to allow your leg to hang with no saddle bulk under it.
    11-09-2011, 11:08 PM
I ride her western :/ BUM. BUM.. BUM...
    11-09-2011, 11:13 PM
In that case - out of my area of knowledge!
    11-09-2011, 11:17 PM
I think I'm just stuck. :( Maybe I'll try to shorten my stirrups.. Thanks though!
    11-09-2011, 11:21 PM
I ride English but I have the same problem with my horse, he is extremely narrow too, and if I let my leg hang, I would not touch his sides.

I feel like I am wrapping my leg around with my heels under me. I tend to sneak my legs a little further back than the ideal position so that I am connecting with the rounder part of him, but I am trying to stop that as I don't want to create a bad habit.

There's not much that you can do about it, but it does help to keep more of your weight in your heels.

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