Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More trotting bareback

Thanks to everyone who suggested sitting back on my seat bones — it worked! I also noticed on Sunday that when I ride in the saddle, I sit much farther back than I've been sitting bareback. I scooted back today, and found it much easier to stay off his withers when I'm not sitting practically on top of them to begin with.

Another thing that helped today was that Panama was being really good. I think I've mentioned before that he seems to know he has to take care of me when I'm bareback, since I'm not as well balanced. On Saturday, for instance, he started to shy away from something, but stopped as soon as he felt me put my hand on his neck for balance. He stood perfectly still while I got situated. He got lots of praise for using his brain and taking good care of his incompetent mom!

I didn't ride for very long today, perhaps only about 20 minutes. I didn't have longer, but it went so well, I don't feel we needed it. We trotted at least half a dozen times, and I focused on sitting back and staying balanced. I found it was much easier to stay balanced when I sit farther back — he's not much broader back there, but it's enough to make a difference — and I was able to correct my balance a couple of times using my upper legs to push myself a little farther in one direction or the other.

I didn't mess with the reins much, which meant his head set was awful and he wasn't staying on the rail all the time, but I decided not to worry about that this time.

We're not trotting for very long at a time just yet, so we need more practice trotting bareback, but all in all I'm pleased with having figured out at least part of it. I think I still need some work on relaxing my lower back, but at least I no longer feel like I am struggling to stay on!

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At September 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I was too rigid when I rode, and then my neighbor said, "You need to sit back on your back pockets."

That was very effective for me, because when someone just says, "Sit back", you might think, "I am" or just not know how far to sit back. By saying, "on your back pockets", it gave me a target. Riding was much easier after that.

 
At September 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, maybe since I wear juniors jeans, my pockets are in a different place from everyone else's, because that has never helped me. But having people tell me to sit on my seat bones really helped. Like you said, it gave me a target. I'd been trying all sorts of variations of sitting back, but none of them were quite right! So I agree with you -- having a target really helps.

I wonder if I can use this to help me sit the trot in the saddle, too.

 
At September 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Great work - and it does help in the saddle too.

 

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