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post #1 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Losing my balance sometimes...

Sometimes when I go in a fast moving trot (close to a gallop), I sometimes have the urge to shift to the left or right and causing to lose my balance (and falling off in worst case scenario). How can I regain my balance and try NOT to the shifting to left/right?

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post #2 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 05:32 PM
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Pilates and/or yoga between riding is helpful! Works on core strength and balance - and lets you wear spandex if that's your thing!

If not, maybe a seatbelt when riding?

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post #3 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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If not, maybe a seatbelt when riding?
Oh haha!
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post #4 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 05:47 PM
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Yes, I know!

More equally useful tips here: https://www.horseforum.com/horse-tal...-nerds-789799/

You know what they say: Mock the devil, and he will flee from thee.

Endorphins are super helpful when riding. You might also try singing when riding, for that and to help focus on the rhythm, and because horses tend to like it!

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post #5 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 06:11 PM
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I'm going to read through the post SueC referenced. Just looking at the first bit of it, there's lots of intriguing pictures, LOL.

If you can do it, riding bareback, even just at a walk or slow trot, could be helpful. At another level is riding bareback, at the walk, with your eyes closed. I did it the other day for a short period in a small arena, and wow my core got a workout.
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post #6 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 06:15 PM
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I'm not familiar with you, your horse, saddle, or any disabilities of either.
But, speaking from a 60+ yo. How long has this been going on? Is it current? Or has this been a problem for some time?
Saddle fit for your horse and you is extreamly important, as you may well know.

The shifting in the saddle, may be caused from several things, least of all your age.

When all is well and good, the saddle fits you and the horse, the the only other thing that comes to mind is your balance.

Since you didn't mention your age, and assuming that's not the issue, do you feel comfortable otherwise in the saddle?
As age sets in, we tend to get smaller in hips, thus, that beautiful saddle we've had for years, doesn't fit us any more.

If your comfortable at a walk or a slow trot, the extra movement at a gallop, may present an issue.
Just this old man's opinion...


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post #7 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 06:18 PM
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Could you take a couple of lunge line lessons and that way you can concentrate more on your seat and balance and not have to worry about steering the horse.

Another thing is if you can put a neck strap on the horse and lightly hold it to help your balance until you get more comfortable.

also you mention a fast moving trot, can you control the speed and slow down the trot, it may be easier to ride to until your balance improves. Some fast trots can be pretty rough
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post #8 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 06:21 PM
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Like this one, @Woodhaven !



I have temporarily mislaid my "serious" hat, and it's nice that so much sensible advice is accumulating here already from others not currently thus affected!

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post #9 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 06:26 PM
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@SueC where do you get those cartoons? I love them!

I think the lunge line lesson is a good idea also.
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-02-2019, 06:38 PM
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@ACinATX , just google Thelwell - for the horse cartoons. Gary Larson, for other hilarious stuff. Like this:

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