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post #11 of 13 Old 05-28-2008, 01:25 AM
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ive found the easiest way when teaching my students is to get them to watch the outside leg and then tell them that they go forward with the outside leg going forward. this is easiest especially when you get the 4-5 year olds who have trouble grasping the concept of shoulders etc. it saves confusion too as they become used to looking at one thing to determine their lead. they also learn quickly enough how to 'feel' whether they are on the right diagonal or not

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post #12 of 13 Old 05-28-2008, 04:00 AM
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Well. This is kinda like the bareback idea. If your not that comfortable riding bareback still ride with the saddle but take you feet outa the stirrups , knot your reins and try and make your should reach to the sky. Swivel your ankles, move your arms round and round backwards and forwards and if you know what side your leaning to, slightly lean to the other side and stay in that position for a minute. Good luck!

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post #13 of 13 Old 05-28-2008, 10:50 AM
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I would suggest getting someone to lunge your horse while you are on him. Don't use reins, balance yourself out by extending your arms to either side, and close your eyes. It sounds weird, but it's extremely helpful! With your eyes closed, you focus only on the movement of the horse's body beneath you and without reins it helps balance and posture incredibly. When you post you might be riding on your reins. On the lunge, you won't have them, so you focus on your position only. When you say you post unevenly, do you mean you kind of twist to either side? When riding on the lunge, (keeping eyes closed) sit the trot for a couple rounds, roll your shoulders back and think about sitting deep in the saddle, using a bit of inside leg. Then, following the beat of your horse's trot, move into posting trot and make sure you are on the correct diagonal. Think about keeping your back straight, chest out and using your inner thighs to push yourself up, slightly forward with each movement. Good luck and I hope this helps!

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