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[RC] Keeping one's seat - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Ray O'Donohue rno2m@xxxxxxxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  I think a lot of this is less quantifiable than some instructors or authors 
think it is. Photos of "correct" stirrup length and "correct" 
hands...well,maybe. As one who has had MORE than his share of wrecks,I humbly 
offer one suggestion to the ridecamp folks(most of whom are no doubt better 
riders than me):consider longer stirrup leather length. I go by a riding ring 
on the way home each day,and I see the young lesson girls posting to an absurd 
height.How can this possibly be advantageous? Why would a rider want to be any 
more than " a bit of daylight" above the saddle ? There may be some advantage 
to this(?),but there is definitly a disadvantage in terms of polar momentum,and 
"feel".When the ____ begins to hit the fan,the closer you are to your horse's 
spine,the quicker you will feel it coming,and the more likely you are to keep 
that seat.Chico taught me this.

===========================================================Black care rarely 
sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough
~  Theodore Roosevelt

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