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thegoldenpony 08-28-2011 10:43 AM

balance while trotting.
When trotting stirrupless (usually sitting) on bouncy horses, I have real problems staying in the saddle. I tend to slip to the sides and my legs and hips tense and ride up. I make conscious efforts to loosen my hips and sit back a tad, but I'm finding it quite difficult anyway - no chance of cantering just yet, I'm positive I would fall off.

When trotting with stirrups, I'm fine, but on those really bouncy horses I have problems getting into canter because I find it hard to sit, and I feel like I'm confusing the heck out of the poor creature!

Thankyou for any input, this is really starting to frustrate me, as I'm not going to be riding perfectly smooth horses all the time (unfortunately).

paigeyluvv 08-29-2011 11:28 PM

squeeze with ur knees and calves, and just keep focusing on relaxing my trainer tells me all the time relaaxx

Passion4Horses 08-30-2011 06:46 PM

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What my trainer tells me to do is to be flexible/soft in my stomach. It is kind of hard to explain but you just want to keep your back soft and just try to absorb some of the bounciness with your stomach. And also hold on with your lower leg you shouldn't ever grip/squeeze with your knees. Hope I helped!

Passion4Horses 08-30-2011 07:12 PM

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Oh and I forgot to say that that was for sitting trot. For posting trot you want to tighten up and use your stomach muscles and keep good contact with your lower leg to keep yourself steady.

Ray MacDonald 08-30-2011 07:21 PM

I agree with Passion, it's your core that needs to be stronger for you to sit better, but also be soft and flexible.

Don't grip your knees or legs! They will ride up and give you a chair seat and will make you bounce more. Streatch your legs really long and down and let the rythem flow from the horse and through your core.

brackenbramley 08-30-2011 08:21 PM

defo dont grip with knees this could lead to a fall just focus on your weight in your heel as if you had weights hanging off your heel and abdomen wise (core muscles) as above post say :) by the way the canter is easier than the trot you'll be pleased to know xx

bsms 08-30-2011 11:37 PM

What has helped me was lengthening the stirrups one hole at a time until my legs were long. My problem wasn't a conscious tightening of my legs, but that my legs hadn't stretched out enough to ride deep.

Eventually (about 3 months), the stirrups were long enough that they were barely touching my feet. After a few months, I was able to shorten my stirrups, move my heels back under my hip, and stay relaxed enough with my legs to sit a bouncy trot. It was more a problem of stretching my legs and hips than it was of 'how' I rode. YMMV.

newbhj 08-30-2011 11:41 PM

I think you just need to keep doing no stirrups work. No stirrups uses much more muscle power than when you use stirrups.
The more no stirrups work you do, the better you will be at that and when you trot with stirrups as well.

thegoldenpony 08-31-2011 09:31 AM

Thanks for the helpful suggestions! Definitely worth mentioning some of these to my trainer.

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