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post #1 of 2 Old 04-25-2011, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Riding Interview Wednesday- Tips?Advice?

I have another college riding interview on Wednesday (4-27-11). They are basically going to see how well I ride and how comfortable I am on a horse. I have a few problems though.
1) I just realized I have a tendency to sit really lopsided in the saddle, which I assume was confusing the horse I rode saturday (in my journal "my life with R.A. and horses") I assume it was caused by the sciliosis, any of you who have this have any tips on sitting straighter and keeping a bit more even?
2) I have a huge problem with keeping my heels down, every time I ask for more than a slow trot I find my legs creeping up the horse's sides and myself a little thrown out of the saddle because I've lost my balance and seat. (doesn't help either when the horse I rode kept dropping gait after every step so I had to keep after him)
3) I have a tendency to lean back in the saddle randomly, it got better as I practiced but anyway to keep myself from doing this.

I'll try to post some links to the video I took after I get them up in the critique section if I can. I'll hopefully be going out again today if the weather holds out and behaves.
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-26-2011, 05:16 PM
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I used to sit lopsided in my saddle as well and a trainer yeeears ago told me my legs were probably different lengths. So I put some hole is my leathers and voila I was riding straight. My right leg needs to be a half a hole shorter. If that helps any it should also help bring your heel down.

Don't stress over it. If you need to for balance just hold a small piece of mane. The probably wont even notice. Try to remember right before you ask for your downward transition to grip with your thighs and calf to keep you stead. Once you have enoug muscle built up it wont be aproblem.
I think as long as you are honest with the trainers and are open to learning with a cheery attitude you should get accepted no prob. Good luck

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