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post #1 of 6 Old 08-04-2010, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Steadier seat for jumping

I have just started jumping, my first formal lesson was actually two days ago and according to my trainer, went amazingly well. My position is really good and my balance is good but my seat and my half seat need a LOT of work.
What exercises on and off the ground can i do to help build a more stable and independent seat and to work on my half seat?
btw I have been in training in dressage (though not regularly scheduled) for almost a half a year, my independent seat has been an issue ive been working through, some extra advice and insight would be much appreciated!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-13-2010, 06:41 PM
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My old trainer always had us work with out sturrips on the flat to strenthen our legs. wE would work at the sitting trot, posting trot, and canter. Now i work with out them two times a week and i feel my legs have gotten a lot stronger! Once we felt an improvement we worked on half seat with out sturrips, and we jumped to. Off the ground im not really sure, but I have read articles in horse magazines about it so just keep your eye out for that! hope this helps
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-14-2010, 01:05 PM
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Hike up them stirrups and don't let that butt touch the saddle! Seriously. Ride for a couple weeks on the flat up in the half seat position, and have your goal for the ride be for your butt to not get close to that saddle. You'll have to rely on keeping your lower leg underneath you for support. It will hurt. A lot at first. You just have to keep with it. I can now confidently ride and switch between half seat and galloping position for over 7 minutes straight on XC because my trainer made me do this.

I've found that this helps me more for my jumping than riding without stirrups does. That does aid me in the dressage ring because it taught me to hang my leg from my hip, relax my thigh and use my calf.

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I second StormyBlues. Due to a combination of hot weather and lack of motivation, all my horse and I have been doing all summer is running around in hay fields goofing off. I don't think I've "sat" in a saddle in months. It's been all half seat. My legs are very strong as a result.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-15-2010, 02:24 PM
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I know you aren't a beginner and may think this is too elementary... but have someone (like a trainer or skilled rider) lunge you and your horse so you can concentrate on your seat and legs without using the reins. I found this really helps you get a independent seat. Some people get a bit grabby on the horse when they aren't completely secure. Maybe even put up a jump (with low standards of course) and lunge over it. I still do this, and several of the riders at our barn who learned this way can now jump entire courses bridleless. Not me yet!
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I know you aren't a beginner and may think this is too elementary... but have someone (like a trainer or skilled rider) lunge you and your horse so you can concentrate on your seat and legs without using the reins. I found this really helps you get a independent seat. Some people get a bit grabby on the horse when they aren't completely secure. Maybe even put up a jump (with low standards of course) and lunge over it. I still do this, and several of the riders at our barn who learned this way can now jump entire courses bridleless. Not me yet!
YES! Great idea too!!!!!!

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