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It doesn’t matter where you ride, but it does matter that you are balanced on your horse. These tips and pictures describe the Balanced Seat position when a rider covers various degrees of challenges and terrain.

Taken from STRIKE A LONG TROT Legendary Horsewoman Linda Tellington-Jones, here are

The 33-Points of the Balanced Seat Position

  1. Eyes looking straight ahead.

  2. Chin up and in.

  3. Jaw relaxed.

  4. Straight line down head and back.picture 93 Balanced Seat

  5. Shoulders back and down.

  6. Chest out.

  7. Back slightly hollowed (straight).

  8. Upper arm perpendicular to the ground.

  9. Elbow relaxed and bent and at point of hip (except at rising trot and Two-Point Position)

  10. Straight-line vertical and horizontally from bit to hand to elbow.

  11. Straight line along back of wrist.

  12. Hands 30% inside the vertical.

  13. Hands cupped and relaxed.

  14. Hold reins between first and second digit of fingers.

  15. Thumbs 6 to 8 inches apart bent and relaxed on top of reins.

  16. Knuckles even. picture 92 Balanced Seat View

  17. Pelvis in deep part of saddle at a sitting trot, between pelvis and crotch at the walk and canter and the crotch over the deep part at the rising trot, and the greatest angle in the jumping position.

  18. Sit straight at the rising trot, a slight angle at the hips at the walk, more of an angle at the canter, a greater angle at the rising trot, and the greatest angle in the jumping position.

  19. Seat bones spread.

  20. Thigh rolled in.

  21. Knee pointing straight ahead or slightly into saddle.

  22. Contact with the thigh and upper 1/3 of lower leg.

  23. Lower 2/3 of leg close to horse and used for aids.

  24. Heels thrust down.

  25. Straight line from shoulder through hip to heel.

  26. Stirrup leather hanging naturally at the middle or towards back of girth.

  27. Foot on the inside of the stirrup.

  28. Weight on the inside of the foot.

  29. Iron on the ball of foot (widest part).

  30. Iron perpendicular to foot.

  31. Angle flexed in at trot and Two Point Position – relaxed at walk, canter and sitting trot.

  32. Toes up to 15% outside of vertical.

  33. Toes relaxed (little toe slightly raised).LTJ and Duna foot loose

Notice in this picture that while Linda is racing in a Steeplechase at Pebble Beach, her foot is out of the stirrup yet her leg,

ankle and foot are still in perfect position.To achieve this, try riding exercises without stirrups. Linda lost her helmet butl we do not recommend riding without a helmet.

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These points of contact in the Three-Point Position (flat seat)

1.   Seat.    2. Thigh to knee.   3.   Knee to upper 1/3 of lower leg

Two points of contact in the Two-Point Position (Jumping position or Half Seat)

  1. Thigh to knee.

  2. Knee to upper 1/3 of lower leg.

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Mounting and Dismounting, Adjusting Stirrups and Girth


  1. Check girth.

  2. Pull down stirrup leathers.

  3. Check length (put fingers at stirrup bar, run stirrup leathers next to arm and stirrup should fit under armpit.)

  4. Put reins over horse’s neck. The loop is called the “bight.”

  5. Take up reins in the left hand so they are snug enough so that the horse cannot walk off.

  6. Also grasp the mane with the left hand.

  7. Put bight of rein on the off side.

  8. Put crop on off side and grasp with thumb.

  9. Facing towards back of the horse grasp stirrup in right hand.

  10. Put left foot into stirrup and take hold of pommel with the right hand.

  11. Taking three bounces then put knee into knee roll and bounce up being careful not to poke the horse with your toe.

  12. Straighten up.

  13. Take right leg – holding it straight swing it over horse’s hind end.

  14. Settle into saddle gently, do not plop.

  15. Pick up right stirrup with the right foot and separate reins.


  1. Take reins in left hand.

  2. Put bight of reins on off side.

  3. Grasp mane with left hand.

  4. Take crop in left thumb.

  5. Put right hand on the pommel.

  6. Stand in stirrups.

  7. Take right foot out of stirrup.

  8. Swing right leg over the hindquarters keeping it straight.

  9. Kick left foot free of stirrup and slide down or step down.

  10. Take reins over horse’s head.

  11. Run up stirrup irons.

Adjusting Stirrups While in the Saddle

  1. Leave feet in stirrups

  2. Pull leather out of keeper and turn knee out.

  3. Let up on foot – pull out on stirrup leather pulling buckle away from stirrup bar.

  4. Always hold onto the reins with one hand.

  5. Using index finger, raise or lower the stirrup.

  6. Grasp outside of stirrup leather pull up while stepping down with foot.

  7. Put leathers in their keepers.

Adjusting Girth While in the Saddle

  1. Take both feet out of stirrups.

  2. Put leg forward over knee roll.

  3. Hold reins in opposite hand.

  4. Put stirrup over leg.

  5. Pull up saddle flap and buckle guard.

  6. Grasp billet in hand.

  7. Pull up.images

  8. Using index finger place buckle in desired hole.

  9. Do the same to the other billet.

  10. Let down the buckle guard.

  11. Let down saddle flap.

  12. Put down stirrup iron being careful not to hit the horse in the side.

  13. Put leg down.

  14. Pick up irons.

  15. Punch Town Drop 1Separate reins.

    Shannon and Hungarian Tarter 1968
    Shannon and Hungarian Tarter 1968

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