The Rider's Position
To stay balanced on the horse, you've got to sit correctly.  A straight line should connect your ear,
shoulder, hip and heel.  Aligning your upper body and lower body in this way is referred to as
positioning your legs at the girth and helps you connect with your horse's center of balance.  From
the top down:
  • Your head faces forward.
  • Your tongue is in your mouth, not sticking out between your teeth.
  • Your shoulders are relaxed, back and down.
  • Your elbows lightly hug your sides.
  • Your hands hold the reins correctly.
  • Your hips are relaxed so they can follow the horse's motion.
  • Your thighs and knees point down as much as possible.  They should not grip, but rest lightly
    against the horse.  You should feel as though you are kneeling, more than sitting.
  • Your upper calves rest against the horse.
  • Your heels are lower than your toes.
  • Your toes point in the general direction you are traveling.

As you can see, learning to ride requires you to remember a lot at once, but it will come
with practice.
The correct rider position requires that your ear, shoulder, hip and
heel are aligned.
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