06-13-2009, 09:34 PM
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I was going to ask the same thing appylover - a saddle can make a world of difference with rider position. It can make or break ya - so it is very important that when you choose a saddle, it works with you and for you, not against you.
I would love to see pictures if I could.
The main issue I think is going on here, is a weak core, weak leg muscles.
Can you get someone to put you on the lunge line? If you can, do it with no reins, no irons. Really focus on the walk. Don't go above this gait. First - arms out to the side of you, and really work on getting those legs under you. Heels must align with hips, hips must align with shoulders.
Lower back strait - no curve - make sure you are on all 3 points *two seat bones, crotch*
Focus on pulling your tummy muscles in, holding them. Activate that core - strengthen it. Act like someone is reaching through your back behind you, hand comes out your belly button and grabs your belly and pulls it back through.
*This is something I definitely need to work on*
Make sure you hold this, while working on bringing those legs under you.
Another great trick - take your feet out of your irons, close your knee angle bringing your feet up towards your horses rump. Hold them for 10 seconds, release - repeat.
It is all about muscle memory.
Those are a few exercises you can do - I am sure others have great ideas :)