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    02-19-2013, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
OK...because my pic was used to compare what I do with my horse and what a cowboy does with his and what is effective....I WILL tell you that the cowboy I was compared to...WOULD NOT get a WP horse to perform and do it's job with a position like that! So the comparison can be made for BOTH my pic and his, my job and his.
In other words---- Do what you have to do to be effective in what you're doing and don't worry about what everybody else is doing.
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    02-19-2013, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by clippityclop    
i see the chair seat on people when they are sitting down or at a slow lope, but there is no way a person can do a chair seat at a big endurance trot without it beating the heck out of their butt and their horse's back. Just curious, are you sure you are in a chair seat when actually on the trail moving out?
Positive - this is the way I was taught to ride at all times and, even when I was trying to align myself at any gait, my instructor (so far we've only had one lesson) was constantly correcting it. And, my horse got the sore back to prove it last season, which is why I'm so determined to fix it.
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    02-19-2013, 07:42 PM
Originally Posted by bsms    
If your feet are forward as in the pictures of 1900's cowboys, then posting would be almost impossible. It isn't entirely...I played around with it and you can sort of post, but that style of riding doesn't mix well with posting.
This basically answers my question, then, as far as a chair seat is concerned. I was waiting to see how this would unfold, but as I do need to be posting (I assume that's what everyone means by a "rising trot"?), then the chair seat will is definitely not what I need to be doing - and definitely contributed to my horse's sore back last season.
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    02-19-2013, 07:45 PM
Ok, just to give everyone a little more background, here is a picture from my first 50, done last July. At least there's one redeeming thing about this photo (other than the amazing scenery): I know my seat is horrendous! So when you all talk about a "bad" chair seat, you now know you've got nothin on me:

PS - this is majorly embarrassing to post :P
    02-19-2013, 07:46 PM
Who in the world let me sit on a horse like that much less instructed me that I was anywhere near being correct?!
    02-19-2013, 07:55 PM
Oh look, I found a picture of us trotting! Yay! >not<

My poor baby, being ridden like that for so many miles :(

    02-19-2013, 07:55 PM
I am going to try and play around with the should/hip/heel alignment and see how it goes just out of curiousity. I want to try and see what I am actually doing and what may help. Just be experiemental and see if my horses act any better or if I can tell a difference.
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    02-19-2013, 07:58 PM
Me in the orange or peach colored shirt. If it makes you feel any better about your seat mine looks aweful. LoL
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    02-19-2013, 08:00 PM
Haha yeah I'm going to be playing with mine and definitely dropping my stirrups down more
    02-19-2013, 08:55 PM
Green Broke
For those of you struggling with your leg position. This is the exercise I have my students do for homework.

Start by doing true to form squats going up and down while holding your core tight and upper body straight. This will help train your muscles.

Next get on a yoga ball, hover your seat above it just slightly, leg back under so you are lined shoulder, hip, heel and do slight pelvic tilts.

The biggest mistake people make is actually rising in their rising trot. Its not a rise, its just a slight pelvic tilt(refer to video I posted earlier)

Now when you get on your horse after you do your warm up, drop your stirrups. I will completely remove the stirrups off my students saddles and for an entire month we do no stirrup work practicing rising trot. Believe it or not, once you do it no stirrups you will realize just how much you are over rising when you have your stirrups. Its just a slight forward and back movement with your hips, using your thighs to "rise".

If I remember I will do video this week for an example if you would like

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