I’m trying to keep them quick fire and succinct with links to other blogs that might help you and to give you a quick nudge and provoke a thought before you ride. I really think there will be something for everyone.
Self-Assessment Question #2 : Are you in balance?
Can you let go of the reins and ride without reliance on your hand? If you can’t you may need to go back to basics which means checking your riding position.
Find Your Centre of Gravity
To find if you are truly over the centre of gravity whilst the horse is moving, means verifying that your legs are in the correct position. To do this lift your bottom out of the saddle and go into ‘half seat’ (at least).
However, in order to check absolute alignment (and slightly more difficult to do) is the ability to stand up straight, with an upright back. Do this from your seated position without gripping with your legs or using the reins to keep your balance.
If you find that you tip forwards or fall backwards, or if you find that you need to move your legs in order to stand up independently, then your legs were not in the correct position when you started.