Are You Sitting Straight And Square In The Saddle?

Hi Guys,

Regardless of which discipline you ride, it's very important to sit straight and square in the saddle. Can you tell if you're collapsing at your waist and sitting crookedly?

Ask a ground person to stand behind you.
1. Are your shoulders level (i.e. the same height)?
2. Is your seat in the center of the saddle so that each seatbone is the same distance from the middle of the saddle?

If your shoulders aren't level which means that one shoulder is lower than the other, you're collapsed at your waist, your shoulders aren't the same height, and your seat isn't in the middle of the saddle.

Here are 3 simple tips to help you sit straight and square:

Let's say you've collapsed the left side of your waist, your left shoulder is lower, and your seat is off to the right.

1. Bring your right seat bone over and place it on top of an imaginary line that runs down the center of the saddle from the pommel to the cantle. You won't really be on top of that line. You'll just end up sitting in squarely.

2. Stretch your left arm straight up so it passes by your ear and your fingers are pointed straight toward the sky. Feel how that elongates your left side.

3. Now to keep yourself straight and stretching tall as you ride, pretend you have two sticks of equal length between your last rib and your waistband. If you collapse again, you'll get jabbed in the ribs by the stick on the left side. And the stick on the right side will end up on the ground.

A happy Horse

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Comment by Sarah Siler on June 28, 2010 at 1:55pm
How do you feel about doing some sort of fitness program to strengthen the body, maybe joining a gym? And what would be the most beneficial, in you opinion?
Comment by Deborah Hopkins on June 14, 2010 at 10:28am
It's hard to break old habits! If you have awareness of the problem, you're half way there!
My issue is keeping my calves in place and the weight in my heels :)
Comment by Nora Robinson on June 12, 2010 at 1:41pm
great technique and advice.......I do this alot, but unfortunately, as soon as we start "going" it kind of all falls apart LOL!

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