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    Relaxing techniques in the saddle

    Does anyone have any advice to help me relax in the saddle, nothing is wrong with my seat,just im extremely tense and I cant seem to relax. Like for instance instead of holding with my shoulders-i tense up my forearm to hold my horse, and my elbows are not relaxed its like lock jaw. I feel so bad im like this. im more relaxed bareback then i am in the tack.

    does anyone else have this problem? and how'd you over come it?
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    My trainer told me that the moment I swing my leg over my horse to do nothing but think about me and my horse. I let a lot of outside issues get the best of me and I let that distract me. So the past week the minute I get on I put everything away and just feel my horse......not easy....took me a long time to let life go and ride!
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    I sing ... It forces u to breathe deeply which helps u relax :-)
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    I sing sometimes too...or I have a conversation with somebody. Or I sing a song in my head, if I don't want anybody to hear.
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    When you catch yourself being tense, stop and take a deep breath, close your eyes, and start again.
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    I sing..ALOT lol..usually christmas caroles but lately I've been singing riding solo by Jason Derulo
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    Pat Parelli says when you swing up in the saddle to just sit there, take a deep breath and smile with all four cheeks.

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    i've done the whole sing-song technique hasnt helped....lmao @ Horseecrzylady's responce. I will try and incorporate these ideas into my riding.
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