How to Ride Your Horse at a Walk : How to Sit on a Horse Before Walking
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How to Ride Your Horse at a Walk : How to Sit on a Horse Before Walking

October 29, 2019


Hi! I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village.
I am going to show you how to ride your horse with a walk. So once you are on your horse,
there is definitely a way that you want to sit that is going to enable you to ride most
effectively. You want to be sitting with your shoulder, your hip and your heel in a line
so there should be a vertical line going straight down and your shoulder, hip and your heel
should be in that line. You want to make sure that your heel is pressed downward because
you wouldn’t want it up because that would cause your foot to slip through your stirrup
which could be really dangerous. If you would happen to fall off, your foot could get stuck
in your stirrup. So you want to keep your heel down. You want to keep your leg in a
nice relaxed position, slight bend to the knee. I’m on a Western saddle and it is a
little bit different from a English saddle so you ride with more calf pressure so your
knees aren’t necessarily pressing on the horse. If I was on an English saddle, my knees would
be rolled inward more and I would have a little less calf on my horse. But since I am on a
Western saddle, I have my knee rolled out. When you are riding, you want to keep your
shoulders square. If you would think of having your shoulder blades touching together, that
is how you would have perfect back posture. You never want to get too much arch in your
back or you never want to get slumpy in your back. You also want to sit vertically straight
up. You never want to get too far back or too far in front of the horse. Too far back
is going to throw your horse off balance and he is probably going to hollow out his back
and he is going to go a little bit slower. If you get a little bit too far forward, that
is a cue that you want your horse to go faster so your horse might have more of a tendency
to pick up speed or take off on you. So you want to sit in a nice vertical line with your
shoulders back and relaxed. You don’t want them scrunched up or pushed too far down;
just have them back relaxed. Shoulder, hip and heel in a line. Your hands held loosely
in front of the horn right above the wither just a couple of inches above the horse’s
shoulder and you want your chin parallel to the ground. You don’t want it to be looking
too far up here and you also don’t want to be looking down. You want to be looking where
you are going right between the horse’s ears. So those are some tips and techniques of how
you can properly sit on your horse and ride most effectively.

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  1. The "don't trust this chick" just seems inappropriate on at least a couple of levels. If the poster feels that they have better information, create what you feel is an improved video and post the link. Better or more information (in a constructive manner) is always a good thing.

  2. I am having trouble deciding if I want to ride English or Western. If anybody would like to have a conversation with me to help me decide that would be great! Thank you!

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