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post #1 of 4 Old 04-05-2012, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Cool from western to bareback to english

so i have ridden western for quite some time and like it a lot but my instructor had me start riding bareback to get a better feel for the horse and work on my body language. Well now i have started to do some english work and want some advice. im working on sitting and posting in different trots. my posting is fairly good but i have a hard time keeping my hands steady and soft, and keeping my heels from pressing ino the horse and making her start to lope(she is VERY sensitive). Any suggestions? The horse is an andalusion arabian cross if that changes anything. Also i need help with balance and strengthening my thigh muscles. Thanks for reading!!!
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-05-2012, 11:26 PM
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skateboarding actually helps a lot. It helps with balance. other then that just lots of core exercises. One thing that helped me is getting a deck or something with stairs and standing slightly squatted on the edge balancing on the ball of my feet and pressing my heels down, then standing leaned forward on my tip toes. Also if you have access to a gym a leg press will help greatly, however, it only tones you still need to work the muscles while trying to balance. Balance boards are aslo great for training. One thing we always loved to do was see who could stay on the top fence rail longest and then land a back flip, just to make it more entertaining. Also remember you dont want to turn your heels in when you push up it is just like rocking onto you tiptoes like on the stairs thing I talked about.

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PILATES!!! I am doing it 5 days a week for about an hour and it feels WONDERFUL and is helping a lot. Start out with 1-2 times a week and do it as often as you feel! I think its addicting. I had a baby so I have issues with exactly what you are saying. It makes your stomach soo much stronger even after two weeks of doing it. Don't strain, but push yourself. I am only doin it so often to tone after having a baby and c section. Hey - its worth trying right?! Many of the exercises have modified versions so you can go easy on yourself at first. Good luck!
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-06-2012, 04:37 PM
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I like running as a strengthening exercise. I read that jockeys run for fitness and strength. Also, you can take your horse with you!
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