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    06-11-2013, 01:25 PM
Are you sitting in front of your seat bones or behind? I read once that balance is felt by imagining that if your horse just disappeared from under you, would you land on your feet without falling over?
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    06-11-2013, 02:41 PM
Relentless, I definitely have some anxiety, but not near as nervous as I appear. I tend to relax more as the session or trail ride goes on.

Your exercise sounds interesting. I wonder why it works and how often and how much did you have to do it?
    06-15-2013, 12:48 AM
I don't want this taken the wrong way, but you seem to be really weak in your core. Strengthening your body off the horse will help your riding.
    06-15-2013, 03:45 AM
You don't look nervous but you do look like your a bit tense and concentrating quite hard!

Try and aim to have your butt on the seat rather than pushing your hips forward in the saddle which I think is what is also causing you to 'tip' forward. Relax your hips a bit as well might help find your seat in the saddle. I agree that working without stirrups may work well as it appears that your carrying your weight in your stirrups rather than in your saddle.

When you first mount up next time - mount and then sit in the saddle without any stirrups. Take note of where your butt and hips are placed, and then add in the stirrups.

Goodluck - you are doing well! Congratulations on having the confidence to post your video too.
    06-18-2013, 02:07 PM
If you go to your local tack store most of them have things to help straigten your posture or even help with keeping a rider balanced. I am not sure if you live in Toronto but if you goto lets say maybe GreenHawk Saddlery they usually have them give it a try and look.
    06-19-2013, 11:13 AM
First, what a beautiful horse. So calm. She is clearly enjoying herself.

I agree that you're looking down a lot - you seem to be watching your horse's head where she's going, so maybe the ground isn't level, are there gopher holes or drops and rises? You look worried.

When you speed up you seem to relax more - but overall you need to sit back into the seat - settle your weight deep down into your pelvis and rock your hips with your horse. Also bring your shoulders back and relax and breathe out. THeres a lot of tension in your shoulders and head.

I agree about reading the Sally Swift book to do some visualization about how you should feel in the seat.

I'd also suggest when you walk her around to warm up, you need to warm up your muscles too...drop your stirrups, do some leg lifts and rotate your ankles and do stuff to loosen up. Then do some exercises where you rotate your arms in a big circle one at a time...turn in your seat by trying to swivel your waist/pelvis so you can turn yourself around and look behind you and stretch that. Both sides. You need to loosen and stretch your body.
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    06-19-2013, 11:33 AM
Some great input and tips. Don't know when I picked up this bad habit of looking down. But I am the one that finds the snakes out on the trail. It's good to know my horse is enjoying herself. Exactly how can you tell? She just turned four and is my first mare.
    06-19-2013, 11:44 AM
Originally Posted by Beckyinva    
Some great input and tips. Don't know when I picked up this bad habit of looking down. But I am the one that finds the snakes out on the trail. It's good to know my horse is enjoying herself. Exactly how can you tell? She just turned four and is my first mare.
Her head, particularly her ears, I can see she's very alert to you - working hard to be relaxed, balanced, collected, her gait is nice, consistant and smooth and she appears determined to remain under you properly. I guess because she's young, she's a happy horse who is loved and having a good time. She's out and about with her person with her beautiful upright tail. This is all conjecture on my part. I really know very little but my impression is she's having a good time.
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