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post #1 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a Better seat?

How can work on getting a better seat?

If you are wondering why I am asking this... here is the reason:
On Friday, I went to work, took a horse for a ride down the road... everything was good, vehicles were passing us and I was riding in the ditch... then came a part where I could no longer ride in the ditch, because of the water, and how steep it was (and big), so I rode on the side of the road, a little off in the ditch, but not much, because I couldn't... just then this lady driving a vehicle speeds by me at around 120 km/hour, in the middle of the road, and the horse had a fit! He spun around and let out a buck... I held on, but I was hanging off the side, then he spun around again, this time I came off, I landed on my feet, but he pulled me over, and ran home... I am fine (and I was wearing a helmet) and the horse is fine (and I got back on when I got back) but I just believe that with a better seat, I would have been able to stay on... and this is not the only thing that happened...

The next day, I came out, this time riding in an arena, I rode the horse that threw me the day before, this time bareback... and with another horse, I did something I had never done before... I rode english! It was all good on Saturday, my boss had me trotting, walking, posting, etc, and I was getting the hang of the english saddle (it felt kinda weird, I had never ridden english before) so we left that on a good note, and called it a day.

Now... today is why I am really asking this question... So I go on a trail ride down the road again... things were great, I come back, work with the younger ones in the round pen... and then I get on the horse I rode english on saturday... well today he was constantly trying to push his luck, test me, and he was bolting when I would get him into a trot... this was all english, so I felt very awkward when he would take off, but I got him under control after he would lope, or gallop a little bit, and I got him back to a faster, then slower trot... this happened about 3 times... well, on the 4th time he did it, he went into a really choppy, fast lope, put down his head and got ready to buck... I lost my stirrup, and just as he put down his head, I flew over the top of him.... I had fallen off once again.

I instantly got up, and got back on, but we had to put a lunge line on him, as he just kept on taking off (even with my boss riding), so now that I have fallen off twice in 3 days of working... I am trying to find ways to get a better seat, improve my balance, and overall, become a better rider...

I do believe if I had not lost my stirrup, and had been riding western, I would have stayed on, but I will be riding this one horse english for at least a few more weeks (he listens better with english tack)

Any advice is helpful, maybe websites I can visit, video's I can watch, anything I can get to help me!!! Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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I should also mention that my boss says I have great balance, and a really good seat, but I don't really think I have as good a seat as she says I do.

I can also, usually, ride out a bucking, or bolting horse, but this time I was in a different saddle, and lost a stirrup.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 08:19 PM
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My advice is to take some lessons. Stirrupless and reinless lessons on a lunge line.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 08:23 PM
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I think its not just lessons, its time. Lots of it. Time spent in the saddle doing lots of things. Although lessons certainly can be good.

It also helps, I believe, to be fit as well. Like have strong core strength and such, so you could probably find a few exercises online.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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I kind of am... by my boss, she is with me when I ride english, telling my what to do, what I am doing wrong, and what I should be doing better... while riding western, I go out by myself (with a walky talky or phone). If there was a riding instructor around here that I could afford, I would probably go and get some lessons, but there are no intructors that are great around here, that I know of, that are within my price range.

I believe that in western, I have a better balance and seat, it is just when horses spin around unexpectedly that I lose that. I am hoping over time when riding english, I will become better.

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 08:38 PM
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Do some yoga to improve your core, and lots of stretching. You'd be amazed at how improved flexibility helps your riding.

Some of this might be less about seat and more about anticipating trouble.

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Even people with amazing seats fall.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 09:12 PM
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losing the stirrup is almost always from gripping up with the calf. It happens when things go to pieces. maybe your stirrups are a bit too short? and maybe you are bracing your knees? that helps projectile a person over the horse's head.
but you know, this stuff happens. People fall off. it will happen again, you can count on that.

I shiver to think of riding a horse on the side of a road with folks doing 120kph next to me, and the horse not being utterly road sound.
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You might try posting some pictures or a video in the critique section. Someone might notice something that will help.

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks everybody... and about the road thing, the horse is not afraid of cars passing, but this lady was just rude and the speed of the car was what scared him.

Also, as crazy as it may sound, I am not scared of falling off again. I believe that the more falls I take, the less afraid I am of falling off the next time, as I know what is coming, and how to prevent major injuries (in other words, I know how to fall off, or how to land, if I have the chance to position myself)

With the stirrup, you are probably right, but I am just learning to ride english, so that is a mistake I made, and will have to fix... this was only my second time riding english.
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