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        10-18-2010, 05:14 PM
    Sounds like good advise to me =)
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        10-18-2010, 08:24 PM
    Green Broke
    Okay thanks guys! I'll write these down and try them tomorow!
        10-18-2010, 09:18 PM
    I took a riding course at college, and that's what they told me. Just relax your thighs, everytime you try to grip with them, it causes you to bounce.

    I was also having trouble finding balance at the canter, and what really helps me, is they said in the beginning, act like you are more of a jockey and bring your weight a little out of the saddle. Most weight in the stirrups. They said lean forward a little and not physically lift your butt from the saddle but mentally? If that makes any sense, lol. I'm still working on it... and trotting too!
        10-18-2010, 09:35 PM
    Just relax. Sit back on your butt, press your weight onto your heels, and relax your shoulders. Go to your happy place and enjoy the ride :) Don't become a passenger, but don't stress it. I find the more you think about it the more screwed up your position can get. Don't think, just do. I know that's kind of hard, but it's pretty much all I can offer you at this point.
        10-19-2010, 10:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh okay. I worked on some side to side today like, stepping more on one heel then another, and then the other one. With the rythm that Cheyenne's shoulders were going. It worked pretty well, but I still need lots of practice on it. If I can get a video somehow and put it on here, then I will.
        10-20-2010, 08:33 AM
    You shouldnt be putting more weight in one side than the other when doing a sitting trot or canter or any other gait unless ur asking for a movement such as leg yielding or half pass or anything like that bc those are aids (sitting more weight in a seat bone/leg) to ask for something. Ur weight should b equal in the saddle on ur seat bones
        10-20-2010, 07:56 PM
    Green Broke
    Well it's not exactly uneaven weight it's more side to side movement, but not. I don't know how to explain it.
        10-21-2010, 09:31 AM
    Well in any movement ur still supposed to b sitting centered unless you are asking for a movement when you put ur weight into the seat bone you need to ask with. In a sitting trot you should not be moving side to side, all weight centered equally over ur seat bones
        10-21-2010, 09:02 PM
    Green Broke
    Okay I think I know where your going.
    I'm not litterally going like, moving my bum side to side out of the saddle or anything it's just like, trying to stay in rythm with Cheyenne's movement. I have a habit of posting, so I'm leaning forward, and doing all that kinda stuff, so when people ask me to show them my sitting trot, I'm not balanced enough to acually stay in the saddle, I keep on bumping around. So usually they tell me to go more in rythm with Shey-Shey's movement, like instead of forward and back it's side to side..... oh I don't know how to explain it. Just more moving with Cheyenne's quarters and how her legs go. Haha I'm a terrible explainer I know! (is explainer a word???)

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