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Mastering Confidence in the Saddle: Finding Your Seat

Mastering Confidence in the Saddle: Finding Your Seat

 

Today we are talking about finding confidence in your seat.

Watch the Video Here or continue reading below!

 

The Seat: Where Confidence Begins

Hey guys, it's MG, and I'm here to talk to you about a crucial aspect of your ride – confidence. It's the key to getting your horse to do the right thing. Confidence, believe it or not, starts right there in your saddle. If your keister isn't firmly planted, you won't be confident. I've seen seasoned horse enthusiasts with decades of experience struggle when their horse acts up. Why? Because they become unseated.

Sit, So You Go With Your Horse

So, whether you're at home or out on the trail, try this: grab the front of your saddle and pull yourself forward until it looks provocative. Then, sit down. Yes, it might not be the prettiest sight, but it ensures that wherever your horse goes, you go with him, never experiencing that dreaded unseating.

Shoulder Power: Directing Your Ride

Now, let's talk about direction. When a horse gets scared, it might bolt to the left or right. The shoulders dictate this movement. If you're seated over the shoulders, you'll go with the flow. If not, you might find yourself in the dirt.

OPPOSITE ACTION

The opposite maneuver is a powerful tool. If your horse goes left, pull right. If he goes right, pull left. But to pull it off effectively, you need to be sitting securely. Knowledge is great, but if you can't maintain your balance, it won't help you or your horse.

Universal Truths in Horsemanship

Remember, clarity under tense situations builds strong bonds with horses. This is a universal truth, transcending languages and cultures. Two common problems worldwide: sitting too far forward and gripping reins too tightly. This can lead to trouble when a horse is anxious or scared.

GIVING THEM THEIR FACE: A GESTURE OF TRUST

When things shift suddenly, our instinct is to brace ourselves. But on a horse, this can lead to trouble. Instead of grabbing reins or the neck, give your horse their face. It's a gesture of trust that they'll appreciate.

It's Not About Talent, It's About Balance

I want to emphasize that it's not about being a great rider or an athletic wonder. It's about sitting right. Luckily, I've got some experience in being a 'lazy redneck' – sitting comes naturally to me, whether on a couch or a horse.

Taking Control of Your Ride

So, try this technique at home and let me know how it goes. Share your experiences and any problems you're facing. We're here to help you bond with your horse and overcome any equine hurdles on your path to success.


Hey guys, thank you so much for watching our video. Make sure to get in the comments below and give us your feedback. Let us know what problems you're having, if you have any issues with the steps, or if there are more videos or problems you'd like to see. We just want to better help you bond with your horse, fix some of your equine problems, and reach your equine goal.

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