Do your hips feel stiff? Do you have difficulty folding at the hips when in light seat or two-point? Do you have trouble absorbing the motion at the sitting trot? Whether you ride western or English having the ability to move at hips (not the waist) is important to an effective seat and a solid position. Here’s a quick tip you can do off and on your horse to improve your awareness of your hips.
Do you have trouble keeping you shoulders back or staying in balance when working on the flat? Have you had trouble keeping your position when you jump? Do you use a crest release (hands on the horse’s neck) and yet still pitch forward on landing? Here’s a quick tip to improve your hand position and overall balance which you can practice while working in the arena or over fences.
Did you know that the horse is human skeleton is actually quite similar? Well it is. Yes, there are some major differences; the size of horse’s bones are much larger than yours, the proportions are different and we each have a few that are unique. But overall our skeleton and the horse’s skeleton are a […]
Do you have trouble keeping your leg underneath you? Do you get pitched forward or back if your horse makes a sudden stop or start? Do you have difficulty rising the trot? Do you brace your lower leg forward against the stirrup or fender in order to get your heels down? Does your horse have a hollow or sore back? Do you feel like you are trying as hard as you can and you are still having trouble sitting well on your horse? In some cases these problems are caused by a saddle with a poorly placed fender or stirrup leather. In other cases the problem is caused by a habit of jamming your foot against the stirrup.
Many riders have difficulty getting their horse to go forward. They try pumping with their seat; kicking, squeezing, spurs, whips and any other means at their disposal but the horse still won’t go. While it is true that you may need some of these aids on a lazy horse the answer may not be what you are doing but how you re doing it. If you want the horse to go forward you need to take the handbrake off your legs and seat.
Have you ever felt like your stirrups weren’t even? Did you try stepping harder into one stirrup but that just didn’t solve the problem? Did you stand in front of your horse or ask someone else to look and see if your stirrups were even? Well here are a few quick tips to determine your stirrup length without guessing.