POINTS OF POSITION
Do you have problems remembering all of the points of position? Need a little reminder now and then? Well, here are a couple of charts to help you along. If our position is incorrect then everything else will fall apart. Our position allows us to sit comfortable on our horses, if we sit still and correct, we will have a happy horse, if our horse is happy we will have a better ride. Our position also helps with our balance and if our balance is good then we will be more secure in the saddle.
Read through our charts and if there is any point that does not make sense to you or you just have a few problems, then don't be afraid to talk to your instructor about it when you come for your ride.
Remember a GOOD position creates an EXCELLENT rider.
Point of Balance
Straight line from the riders shoulder, through the hip, right down to the heel.
Point of Contact
Straight line from horses mouth, through the rein, through the hand, right to the elbow.
- Eyes – look ahead into the direction that you are moving.
- Head - needs to be mobile and turn into the direction you are moving.
- Shoulders – do not round the shoulders.
- Wrists - need to be straight and not curved inwards or outwards, with the thumb uppermost and on top of the rein.
- Fingers - need to be closed around the rein in order for a contact to be held, tight enough to feel but not too tight that you are pulling.
- Back - Tall, straight and relaxed to allow all of the horses movement.
- Stomach - Held in by tightening up your stomach muscles.
- Hips - Mobile and not restrictive to allow the horses movement.
- Seat – Centre and deepest part of the saddle
- Seat Bones - Riders weight is equal through both of the seat bones. When riding lateral exercises slightly more weight on the inside.
- Thighs - Close contact with the horse, as this gives a secure upper leg.
- Knees - Need to be flexible. Do not to grip up with the knee, you will loose security.
- Calfs - Need to be in contact with your horses side.
- Ankles – Flexible and facing forwards.
- Heels - Pushed downwards into the heels.
- Toes - Face forwards.
- Ball of Foot – Rests on bar of stirrup iron.
When your instructor asks you to prepare to do an excerise or you are riding at any time, you will constantly need to check your position, your rein contact and ensure your horse is ready. Even if you are at halt, ensure your horse is looking straight ahead alert and ready to go forward. If you fidget he will fidget, if you are ready he will be ready.