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    06-29-2010, 11:19 PM
  #1
Foal
Seat Help.

Lately I have gotten really lazy about my seat, I used to be pretty sure about it, but lately I don't know. What are some excercises or just advice to help my seatand help me keep my legs in the correct position.

Thank you,
Sophie
     
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    07-04-2010, 12:22 AM
  #2
Ink
Weanling
It really helps to have someone there to yell at you when you're not in the right position. Also, you can video-tape yourself riding that way you can see exactly what you are doing wrong and be mindful of it next time you ride.

I would also suggest riding bareback. It really helps to improve balance and should help you develop a more secure seat. Because you don't have the saddle to provide added stability it will help you figure out exactly where everything needs to be. A couple things to focus on while riding bare back:
1. Keep your leg long. A lot of people start letting their heels climb up the horses side when they feel unstable. A nice long leg will help you maintain your center of gravity.
2. Don't forget to keep your heels down. It's easy to let your toes drop when you don't have stirrups to use for support and leverage.
3. Relax and breathe. One of the best parts about riding bareback is that you can feel your horse's movement. Allow your body to work and flow with that movement.
     
    07-04-2010, 12:53 PM
  #3
Foal
Thank you for the advice, I will try to have someone tape me.
I do ride bareback often, and I feel more secure. I think I rely on my stirrups too much riding with a saddle
     
    07-04-2010, 06:40 PM
  #4
Showing
Try dropping your stirrups when you are in the saddle and spend a lot of time riding like that.
     
    08-26-2010, 02:43 PM
  #5
Weanling
Yep dropping your stirryups is the best way.
     
    08-26-2010, 02:56 PM
  #6
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ink    
I would also suggest riding bareback. It really helps to improve balance and should help you develop a more secure seat. Because you don't have the saddle to provide added stability it will help you figure out exactly where everything needs to be.
Bareback can actually make it harder to get a good seat. If the horse has a choppy stride, high withers or a rough gait, people tend to grip and pull themselves foreward to balance.
     

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