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post #1 of 93 Old 06-13-2009, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Chair Seat?!?!?! Grrr

I never use to have a chair seat, but ever since I started just paying attention to how Chance is going I have a MAJOR chair seat and I cant seem to fix it! Every time I see a video of me I get so frusterated. My leg stays nice and still, but its to far forward.

Advice please! Could my stirr ups be to long??? :[ I hate the looks of a chair seat, hense why no videos have gone up lately. I have a video of me trotting chance today and its ridiculous :( What happened to my position!

Sorry kinda a rant there.

Thanks to anyone who reads and replies. :]
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post #2 of 93 Old 06-13-2009, 08:19 PM
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Before you started focusing on Chance, did you have a different saddle?

not really sure what to tell you to do to fix it. Maybe stirrupless riding?
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post #3 of 93 Old 06-13-2009, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah same saddle.
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post #4 of 93 Old 06-13-2009, 09:24 PM
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sometimes it helps to watch other people ride and picture what they look like in your head. I always think of what my riding instructor looks like on her horse and it really helps
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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 definately 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 :)
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Ill work on a couple of those things and get some pictures from the video so you can kinda get an Idea of what I look like.... not very good. lol! I never use to have a chair seat like I said before..

I will try those exercises and see how that goes tomorrow :) Im planning on doing a lot of walk work and bending with chance tomorrow so I can do it then :)
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Okay Pictures this is horrible :(!

Okay mid-post

Yupp still bad xD

And the worst
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I don't think your saddle is helping you much.
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Whats wrong with it. Lol its a Wintec 500 AP and I've never had a problem with my seat with this saddle....

I didnt use my Lifter pad today...maybe that was throwing me off more??
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I use a Wintec 500 A/P and I have to fight to keep my leg back. It doesn't help much. It isn't that great of a supportive saddle.
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