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post #1 of 38 Old 12-24-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I have been riding for years and I came off two weeks ago. What are some good tips for keeping my seat. Someone mentioned lengthening the stirrups. Thanks.
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post #2 of 38 Old 12-25-2011, 08:03 PM
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Unfortunately, everybody falls off on occasion. Sorry you got hurt. I would get a local horse expert to check your stirrup adjustments. They could be too long or too short. Also, you may have just gotten unbalanced. Or you may have just fallen off. It happens. Hang in there.
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post #3 of 38 Old 12-25-2011, 08:05 PM
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Can you provide more details? Western, English, Jumping, Trails, spooky horse or calm, how you normally ride, etc?

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I have been riding for years and I came off two weeks ago. What are some good tips for keeping my seat. Someone mentioned lengthening the stirrups. Thanks.
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Can you provide more details? Western, English, Jumping, Trails, spooky horse or calm, how you normally ride, etc?

I just trail ride. I have two MFT. They are mostly laid back. I ride in the Superstions, AZ. I usually ride western but do own English saddles. I use to show Eng. and western and did some barrel racing. I have always enjoyed endurance as well.
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Two words...synthetic saddle! Those things are so sticky, it's almost impossible to come off them. A good seat is always the best defense, but horses always have those nice combo moves in them when they get goofy. I have ridden out some tremendous spook/spin/bolt combos in my synthetic that I doubt I would have been as lucky in my leather saddle. They're comfy and relatively cheap too!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 38 Old 12-26-2011, 11:29 PM
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Too long of stirrups won't help you unless your stirrups NOW are too short and are messing with the positioning of your seat bones.

I think the best defense is a good ground work and respect. A horse is less likely to spook badly if they trust the person on their back and they know what is expected of them. Then the next would be a good seat.

Do you school your horses at all or just hit the trails every time you tack up?
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post #7 of 38 Old 12-27-2011, 11:22 AM
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Wearing riding breeches or jeans can help, if you don't already wear them. If you ride bareback, regardless of the weather, wear pants! It really helps your grip on the horse! Also, wearing riding boots with the proper heel is important, too. Tennis shoes can slip through the stirrups, and that can be very dangerous!

But, no matter what, always remember your helmet!
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post #8 of 38 Old 12-27-2011, 11:48 AM
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If you ride regularly, a fall is inevitable. I've been riding my whole life and still come off every now and then if I loose concentration just as my horse sees a boogieman - it's part of riding.
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post #9 of 38 Old 12-27-2011, 11:49 AM
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Every time you go out, practice riding without stirrups for part of your ride. Just take your feet out, do little ankle circles, point your toes down then up and forward, and get a better feel for the way the horse is moving beneath you. Then, without looking down or leaning forward, put your feet back in the stirrups.

If you get to the point where you rely on your stirrups too much, then if you ever do lose one (foot slides out, horse stumbles or spooks, etc) you will still be able to maintain your balance and composure until you can get it back again.

Sometimes a fall is just unavoidable. It happens. But developing good seat and balance independent of the tack you are using will help you KEEP your seat when you find yourself in a rough spot.

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An Australian saddle can be a wonderful help at staying on. I bought one after an injury meant it hurt to just mount the horse. About a month later, my mare spooked, spun 180, jumped forward, and spun 180 back.

I was a pee-poor rider at that point. And my back hurt. But I stayed on...with bruises where the poleys slammed into my thighs. But the poleys kept my hips aligned with the horse, and I stayed on.

My oldest daughter riding with the same saddle. Notice how the poleys (mickey mouse ears) line up with the thigh, and just barely in front of it:

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