STOP Bouncing When You Ride! Have a Better Seat, and Position when you Ride.

STOP Bouncing When You Ride! Have a Better Seat, and Position when you Ride.


– [Instructor] Audio
lessons are like having a coach on your shoulder,
each step of your ride, we give you straight forward
techniques, visualizations, and exercises, to help
transform you and your horse into the best possible team. In today’s lesson, I’d like
to do the first in the series of how to quit bouncing when you ride. This is a question I get
asked quite often about, from riders, wondering how
they can fit the trot better, how they can be quieter as they ride, and to begin with, I think
it’s pretty important to understand the why, because
if we can understand why we might bounce when we ride,
then it’s easier to make the corrections later on. One of the reasons I see
quite often that people are bouncing when they ride,
is they’re bracing on their stirrups, and that
would look a little something like this, where you’re pushing
down on your heel, and when you do this, this pushes your
leg forward and it creates a rigidity through the whole entire leg. The other piece that
happens when one does this, is it pushes our seat towards
the back of the saddle and, then it pushes us up out
of the saddle slightly, so it’s going to be important
that you’re aware of your leg position, and you keep your leg quiet. Something that can be helpful,
so that you know that you’re not bracing on your stirrups,
is to lift the feet in the stirrup and just, kind of do a
little dance in your stirrups, the other thing one could
do, is by opening the leg, it’s going to allow you
to secure your seat down, so you’ll feel like as you open your leg, your seat drops down into the saddle. Once you feel like you’re
quiet, and your leg is very flexible and soft, the next
thing you’re going to check for, is you’re going to check
for the tone in your body. Now riding here is a family
affair, and my husband uses a really good example of, when
you ride, you can either be like wood, or you can be like clay. When you’re riding, you want
to try to feel and tune into, what does your body feel, feel like? If you feel like you’re stiff
and tense, and like a piece of wood, more than likely,
you’re going to be bouncing. If, on the other hand, you’re
really mushy and not carrying any tone, you’re going to also
bounce, but if you can have a little tone throughout your
body, and be a bit more like clay, moldable and pliable,
yet strong and resilient, then you’re going to be
able to go with your horse much more easily. Another thing, that one could
consider when they’re riding, is the upper body and
where you’re carrying it. If you’re leaning back, or if
you’re tipped too far forward, you’re going to be in a
position where the energy comes through and causes
a lot of movement. I’m going to try to be
like a piece of clay, and I’m going to go with his motion. Next, I’m going to push on my
stirrups, now my horse stops because he feels that amount
of tension in my body, but if I push on my stirrups,
you’ll see, my seats coming out of the saddle, and
I’m bouncing a bit so, I’m going to go back to riding
just like a piece of clay, I’m going to go with my horse, and then, I’m going to come down to the walk. Now, another thing that we, should be aware of, is if we are tight and
carrying tension in our thighs. I see this happen as well, and if you think of a clothes
pin, a clothes pin as it comes closer, so if my legs were a
clothes pin, if I’m gripping my thighs as my legs come
closer, I’m actually pushing myself up out of the saddle. Which is again, going to create
more bouncing in my body. So do a check with your
thighs as you’re riding along, and make sure that you’re not
gripping and lifting yourself out of the saddle. Again, that exercise where
you take your thigh away might be helpful. I hope you feel like you’ve
got a good grasp of the things you might be doing, that
is creating some bouncing when you’re riding. In our next part of the series,
we’re going to go over some things you can try doing
so that you don’t bounce quite as much. Alright, until I see you
next time, happy riding.

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