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post #21 of 23 Old 05-19-2010, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy View Post
I figured this would be a good thread for everyone to share tips on working towards a great Position. So share your tips for jumping or flatwork! Lets aim for 100 as a forum so add the numbers on after mine. Also is it possible to get a sticky on this thread?

Here are mine:

1. Stirrupless (Flat/Jumping) - Great for building strength and mucles.

2. Bareback (Flat/Jumping) - Same as above :)

3. Two Point (Jumping -- Possible Flat? -- ) -- Do lots of two point over ground polls and general flat.

4. Lunge line (Flat -- 2 Point -- ) Even the best riders can learn something on the lunge line.

5. Grids (Jumping) -- To help you get with the flow of your horses jumping movement.

-- I totally mental blanked and that is all I have for now :)
You've summed it all really. I find one big thing to help improve you riding and your position, is how fit you are as a rider. Gym time along with a good cardio program will drastically improve your fitness which in turn affects your riding, stamina and how well you ride.

Good luck!
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post #22 of 23 Old 05-19-2010, 05:29 PM
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A lot of the position things I learn in chorus actually help me envision how I should be riding.
They always tell me to pull from the top of your head to stand tall. When I do this riding I always pick myself up out of my seat (not good!) so I just imagine it a little.
In addition, they tell me to relax in chorus, which helps my position in riding. When I get stressed, I lean forward, I lock my elbows, and my legs go nearly up to the cantle. Just an exaggeration, haha.
I also find that working out to strengthen your arms (forearms included) back, LEGS, and stomach really help a lot.
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post #23 of 23 Old 05-19-2010, 05:34 PM
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Heres one that my dressage friend uses. When riding, take two crops and make an X. This puts your hands in perfect position and opens your shoulders. Try it, it really works!
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