Sitting crooked in the saddle?
I'm really not sure what's going on with my position, but it needs help.
When I'm in the saddle, I can FEEL that I'm sitting crooked. It's like my left hip& leg sit further forward than my right. I feel like I've got different contact with my left leg and it's throwing me off balance. I've tried dropping my stirrups, changing the length, riding in another saddle...it's still there.
It's totally affected my balance and seat, though. I don't feel nearly as secure as I used to in the saddle and I've now been bucked off twice in one month (after riding for 8 years without a buck actually getting me off).
Does anyone know what could be causing this? Any tips on how to fix it?
I wish I had video, and I'm working on securing some in the upcoming weeks, but until then, all I have are videos from a month or two ago. Not sure if you can see anything here.
I'd ask my trainer (or even the BO) but I haven't had a lesson with her in a few weeks and they've both been gone at shows for the past week and won't be back 'till Sunday. I can ask my 'temporary' trainer on Friday but I figured you guys might know better.
You mentioned a different saddle but was it a different size? If you have one available to you to try, see if you can try one slightly smaller.
It sounds like you're leaning onto your dominant side. It's going to take of scoops effort to untrained yourself.
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The saddle I'm riding in in that video and the one I'm currently riding in are both 17.5" to try and accommodate my ridiculously long femur, haha. They were shaped pretty differently, though. I've ridden in my trainer's saddle a few times (16.5", I think) and recently schooled a naughty pony in his rider's 16" saddle and I still feel like my legs are sitting different places.
1. check saddle fit for you AND the horse(s) you are riding. sounds like you have a femur like me and the slightly larger saddles are better (17.5") but you are still uneven. believe it or not, a lot of saddles are asymmetrical and can dramatically affect a rider's position without you realizing the cause.
2. lie flat on the floor on your back, legs straight out, arms at your sides, and feel if your lower back is flat, and how your hips lie. it's entirely possible that you are also chiropractically out and that is affecting your ability to ride straight. if you put your hands underneath your lower back at the top of your back/hip bones, you can feel if there are pressure points more on one side over the other. repeat sitting on the floor on your hands with your legs straight out in front of you and see if one seat bone is bearing more weight/pressure than the other. if the answer is yes, go to a reputable chiro that can help! (i stress reputable as a bad chiro can do far more bad than good, but a good chiro can be a godesend!)
good luck and hope that helps!
I don't jump, so sorry for invading your section but..
If you sit crooked either your horse is crooked (hi-low,) your saddle doesn't fit correctly, or you are out of whack (one leg shorter than the other, tight hip, etc.)
Good trims will help the hi-low, if your saddle doesn't fit, get a new one, and go to the chiropractor to see if they can help you with your problem. Stretch before you ride, maybe take up some dancing to loosen you up more so.
Also look at YOUR diet. You need vitamins and minerals just as much as the horse does. Your joints need to be lubricated properly so make sure you are getting a good diet or at least supplementing those into your diet.
Best of luck!
I do visit a chiropractor every 6 weeks or so (whenever timing works out, haha). My hips to tend to do weird things (as does my neck) but I feel crooked even when I ride right after I've been adjusted.
I don't think it's really a saddle issue, because I felt crooked when I rode in an old Collegiate (rode in it for roughly a year) AND when I switched back to my Dover Circuit. The two saddles were shaped incredibly differently so I don't think it'd continue through both if it had been related to the saddle, y'know?
:p my joints are all messed up. I already have arthritic changes in a few of them (welp, not even 18 yet), had chronic tendonitis in my knees that forced me to quit running. I also do have hip problems, and if I'm not careful on a lazy and/or wide horse, a nerve or something will get pinched, leaving me unable to move/feel my entire leg (I've actually had to get pulled off a horse). The pain goes away the second I'm standing and my legs are back in a normal place. But.
I'm thinking that my hips are opening at different angles or something, but I'm not really sure how to tell or how to fix it. I wish I had recent video, because I feel it SO MUCH when I'm on Leo. I'll probably ride him Friday, hopefully I can get someone to record me.
Also something that came to mind while watching a saddle fit video.
Sometimes people line up their saddles and then girth them up and then step in the stirrup to mount up and by the time they're on their horse, the saddle itself is crooked so one leg is more stretched out than the other and it's an issue.
That may be happening along with other things..
At a canter it is often a "block", or stiffness in the lower back.. Try breathing more, inhaling AND exhaling (exhaling during the effort)
is it always on the same side or does it change sides with leads?
I've just done a blog post you can check it out: lokahiweb.com
After you and horse horse have walked and trotted a bit stop and check the position of your knee caps in relation to the edge of the leather. If one is definitely more forward then this is originating in the pelvis. Keep your back still and pull that side of your pelvis back until your kneecaps line up. You may also be collapsing your rib rib cage into your hip. By doing so there will be more pressure on the opposite stirrup. To compensate for the collapse the rider then drops the corresponding shoulder. Instead of the spine and shoulders forming a T it is rather lopsided. When the hip bones are alined you should present the letter H (sideways). Tuck your shirt in and wear a belt and have someone watch you from behind as you ride away at the walk. This can be corrected but it takes a lot of conscious effort to do so and may take several months before it becomes muscle memory. What you will find by doing so is the horse will travel better since it's not dealing with extra pressure on one side.
saddle bag - thank you! I'll definitely check that out when I ride next (Friday, maybe?)
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