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jenappaloosapony

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argh! I'm so bad !!

little update well today Jen did not nap much went down the scary bit only needed a kick to go! so all good. then went schooling then on the way back went to try to go up the scary bit again Jen hated it had a 10 min battle, in the end we went home as it was getting late. gonna try it from that angle again, she seems to HATE going up the scary bit from one end but will go up it from another!!

Anyway when i was trotting and little canter I kept feeling like I was leaning forward too much, I can't get a lesson yet but will in a few months. Wondering what I can do to improve my position ie: to stop leaning forward when trot / cantering.

Thanks

JennyMyAppaloosa♥Loveyou

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

 try reversing her past the scary bit

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

Lengthen the stirrups and try eventually to be able to do all paces without stirrups, this is only done with practice and even more practice. 

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

For good advice and written lessons you can study to help with your position etc go to www.classicaldressage.net, you don't have to be in to dressage to get benefit from it, it's sound pracital advice any rider can use every day until you can get some lessons on your horse.

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spanning

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spanning says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

 going bareback reeeealllly helps your position!! I know this as Flea's saddle is far too big for him and can't really wear it so had no choice but to go bareback! it does abolute wonders for your position as if you dont sit correctly you fall off!! hahaha Although i would recommend practicing in the school first xxx good luck sounds like your sticking at it! keep going ;)

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

 be concious of it and if you find youreslf sitting forward make a masssive effort to sit back obv this is a short fix untill you can get lessons :) x 

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

lots of work without stirrups, do you have someone who could lunge jen while you ride, take your stirrups away do some work, then take your reins away and do some more, when more balanced take both away. do exercises whist in the walk such as legs up so your knees touch above your pommel, then legs out to the side and down, do that 10 times, can grab your ankle with the same hand and pul it back so your foot touches your bum, hold for 5 seconds and then do the other leg all this will help you develop a longer leg and more secure seat... for leaning forwards, imagine something tying the back of your hat to your horses tail

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

I agree with the others about riding without stirrups but obviously make sure your mum or someone is around to lunge you or have you on lead rein to make sure Jen is controlled while you are doing this until your position is improved and you feel more in control of her. It is a common problem and normally as a result of being slightly tense and your tummy muscles tighten pulling your forwards so the fact you are aware of it is the 1st step, when you are riding if anythign try and make your self sit back slightly and as your tendancy is to sit forwards you should end up pretty much straight! This shoudl also help with her napping as if she feels you are tense she will loose confidence as well so take a deep breath and sit back when she starts acting up.

 

The other thing is I appreciate it is frustrating and difficult when they nap and refuse to go the way you want them to go but if you can, make a rule that the only way home is the way you want to go. Make sure you have plenty of time so that if she does nap be prepared you may be there for a while but there is no allowing her to get her own way! I used to be stuck for ages at certain points on  a hack but when I learned to just keep calm and relaxed and just sit there asking him to go forwards and in my head point blank refused to let him turn and go the way he wanted, he soon understood the only way to get home was to go forwards! I even used to say to him, you can stand here as long as you like but this is the only way to get home big man so its up to you how long we wait! Even if you have to get off and lead her the way you want to go make sure that is the way you go! If she learns that by playing up she gets to avoid the route you want and will eventually turn her and let her go the other way, you are reinforcing her bad behaviour and it will only get harder in the future.

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Bardybear

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Bardybear says:

Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

Is there anyone who can film you or take photos of you riding?  I used to have lessons and be told that I was leaning forwards.  My instructor would say, "Sit back!" and I would swear blind I was, until I saw myself riding.  I agree with Cocosmum, because at first when you are told to sit up you will feel like you're tilted backwards, but in fact you won't be, you'll be upright.  If you can see photos of yourself, you'll see the difference, then you'll get a feel for the correct position and you'll be able to correct yourself.

Unfortunately, when we're nervous, our instinct is to curl up into a ball for safety, so if you're nervous riding, you'll tilt forwards.  If your stirrups are too long, you'll tilt forwards.  Pretend you're  in a scary situation while riding in the school and tilt forwards, take a look at yourself, because everything about you will be wrong.  Then SIT BACK, take a deep breath, put your legs down straight, breath out calmly and smile, and say to yourself, "This is where I'm going to be!  This is my control point!" and feel confident and ride on.  You'll soon get into the habit of being confident and sitting back, but it helps to make yourself do it, first.

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jenappaloosapony

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Re: argh! I'm so bad !!

spanning said:

 going bareback reeeealllly helps your position!! I know this as Flea's saddle is far too big for him and can't really wear it so had no choice but to go bareback! it does abolute wonders for your position as if you dont sit correctly you fall off!! hahaha Although i would recommend practicing in the school first xxx good luck sounds like your sticking at it! keep going ;)


I have been riding my sister's 14.2 Loan pony bareback around the field at walk and trot, I can feel the improvements! And I have done sitting trot without stirrups, would try canter but I will fall off ! Hehe.

Thanks everyone!!

JennyMyAppaloosa♥Loveyou

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Susan1980

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Susan1980 says:

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As said above riding without stirrups.  i don't ride as much as I would like to (don't have my own horse and cant afford lessons all the time) and each time just to get me back in the swing of things ride without stirrups.  Was also told to hold reins with one hand and turn and put my other hand on horses bum and this would be where i should be then stretched my legs down and moved them out to the side which helped lengthen them.  after that have to say was a great lessons and felt very secure in my seat :)

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