DO's and DONT's
So, the other day, I was riding a horse, Phantom, and my instructor noticed that my knee was tight, which was affecting my posting, and my sitting trot.
If your knee is tight, it tenses up our entire body, which causes you to rise out of the saddle, then causing you to have bad position. Once I loosened up my knee, and put more weight in my heel, my position was much better, and I could sit the trot much more comfortably.
Here are a few of my DO's and DONT's when it comes to riding position starting from the top:
DO: look forward, not down. If you look down, it's easier to lean forward and to get distracted.
DON'T: Hunch your shoulders over like a turtle, this gives your horse more control, and allows them to bolt/spook easier.
DO: Support with your stomach muscles, not back- a lot of riders experience unintentional back pain from over-arching their lower back, causing excess pressure on your lower spine.
DON'T: Turn your hands down (Motorcycle/piano hands) This again gives your horse the upper hand.
DO: Keep your elbows bent, at a near right angle. This way, if they put their head down, it won't wank you forward.
DON'T: Tense your knee- sink that weight into your heel, and keep your knee loose- grip with the inside of your lower leg.
DO: Keep your toes forward, with your heels down. If your toes are facing out, it tenses your butt, which your horse can feel, and can sometimes cause your horse to tense up too.
DON'T: Be nervous... Your horse will be able to feel it, and they will get nervous, too.
Thank you for reading!!! BYYEEEE!