Jackie Cochran's Blog – October 2009 Archive (4)

The Forward Seat Position for Jumping



The Forward Seat position for jumping adds several features to insure rider stability during the horse's vigorous movements while jumping. All the features of this seat work together, and if one is wrong then the whole position is weakened and the rider can interfere with the horse. While there are a few very talented riders who do not have to have a proper position over jumps, the normal rider will be much more secure and will interfere with the horse's efforts less when riding…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 25, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Forward Seat Position for Fast Equitation



The Forward Seat position for fast equitation is quite similar to the Forward Seat position for slow equitation. There is a logical progression in learning position in this system since riding forward seat requires physical strength, and it takes time for the rider's muscles to develop and get strong. Though the differences between the slow equitation seat and the fast equitation seat are few, they are important to develop a secure jumping position. I am quoting the same books…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

The Forward Seat Position for Slow Equitation



This description of the Forward Seat for Slow Equitation is from Vladimir S. Littauer's "The Forward Seat" (1935) p.34-36, with additional comments from "Common Sense Horsemanship" (1951, 1974) by the same author p. 61.



I have gotten questions about the Forward Seat position. This is probably the best description of the American System of Forward Riding. In the next two weeks I will write about the position for fast equitation and the jumping position.



This…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 11, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sometimes I feel like I'm back at square one, again



This week is my first full week at using the bit.



It is interesting how the mares differ in their reactions to the change. Mia is becoming much more cooperative at obeying the bit, and she is still giving me great contact. Of course I spend a part of my riding time on loose reins. This mare is starting to stabilize (keep the same speed until the next aid.) Twice when I stopped using my leg she continued at the same speed completely on her own on loose reins!!! One was…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 4, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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