Return to Questions and Answers Index

Q&A    Questions and Answers:


Hi Bob!

Just visited your web site for the first time but I'm sure I'll be going back again soon! Really enjoyed it. My question is I am a new rider and after lessons I am often left with a sore "behind." I know this question is probably pretty vague, but does this sound like a posture problem or a saddle problem? I feel my posture is pretty good in the saddle, but it seems like I end up hitting the back of the saddle quite often with MY back side.

Thanks, any help is much appreciated!

-- D. V.


I assume you read Q&A #2 on getting sore from riding. Of the four possibilities mentioned in that Q&A, two would seem most likely:

1. A saddle that's the wrong size for you. You mention that you get sore after a lesson, so I'm guessing that you may be riding a lesson horse with someone else's saddle. You may want to consider shopping for a larger saddle if that seems to be the problem.

2. Incorrect posture. If you tend to slouch, that posture will push your rear against the cantle. Push your chest forward and up, and your back end will rotate forward and off the cantle. Look at the two photos of my friend Evvy at the right to see how this change of posture can pull you away from the cantle.

Slouching moves rider's rear against the cantle
Sitting up moves rider's rear away from the cantle

This rider demonstrates winning posture I was working the arena gate at a fairly large local horse show when this young lady from Duluth, Minn., approached the gate. I had watched some 200 entries that day, but this rider's beautifully erect posture literally made me do a double take. Her riding posture was the best I had seen in many years and I asked if she'd be willing to let me take her picture. The photo doesn't really do her justice, because she's in the "brake" position (notice the slack reins) -- when under way she shifts her body a bit further forward. It's no wonder she placed among the top three in every riding class she entered (two Western and two English) -- capturing three first place trophies and one third place ribbon against some strong competition. If you want to ride well, learn from Keri!

Previous Question  |  Next Question

Return arrow Return to Questions and Answers Index

Return arrow Return to the "Learning More About Horses..." page

  The contents of this document are not for reproduction.