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moving with the horse

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    05-25-2009, 02:29 PM
moving with the horse

I am an english rider, but im going to start trail riding soon! Today was the first day I tried out my westrn saddle and I loved it! It was perfect for me and my horse! I noticed that its harder to move and feel the horse in a western saddle...the walk and canter were easy, but the trot was really bumpy! I have a smooth horse and I can usually sit the trot really easy but in a western saddle I bounce a lot! Is there any way to move with the horse so its not so bumpy? PLEASE WRITE BACK! Thanks in advance
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    05-25-2009, 02:52 PM
Well im smart...i just posted pratically the exact same question as another person! Lol sry bout that! I will still take advice tho!
    05-25-2009, 02:56 PM
Just post at the trot, and it is harder in a western saddle but just keep doing it and you will get it. In western you have to move with the horse and not stay in such perfect form. You still need form but it doesnt need to be perfect.
    05-25-2009, 03:34 PM
Yeah I was considering that...i also heard that if you sit the trot and sway your hips with the horse it helps a lot too
    05-25-2009, 08:44 PM
Yeah some you can but I have a mustang that has the roughest darn trot there is and you have no choice but to post! Just relax your back and hips and just flow with him and not be stiff. But posting will probably work best
    05-26-2009, 11:24 PM
I think its a matter of finding the rythem, and riding it right.
If you are doing western "eq" then form is very very very important, I think form even in just a western pleasure class is important.
I was told if you are doing a jogg then you should sit deep, and kinda move side to side with the horse. Like you are posting but not really, I can't explain it. Don't rock obviously but its a side to side over a up and down lol. So just make sure you find the motion and just sit with it, its not always easy the gelding I ride western is very springy. Yes move your hips with the motion but stay straight in your upper boddy, maintain posture.

Hope it was helpful at all lol, I too am a hunter rider whom has started some western.
    05-27-2009, 05:41 PM
Lol...ill have to try this!
    05-28-2009, 03:44 AM
Hi, i'm also seen the light and are in the process of switching from an english style.

I also went through this problem with a new saddle style, so I spent a good session in an arena trotting in circles ect. I found that trotting in a two point position also helped. My bum is now stuck to my saddle!
    05-28-2009, 08:33 AM
Wow! Ill definitely do that! Sounds easy and rewarding!
    05-28-2009, 11:14 AM
If your female, wear a good bra. Sometimes it feels like your bouncing more than you actually are but its just a bad/loose bra
I know sometimes, my butt is firm in the saddle, my hips are loose and I'm moving with the horse but I still feel like I'm bouncing.....Its the bra

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