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hello Dorothy. I have been riding horses since a week. my instructor shouting at me saying that my body is shifting onto the pommel of the saddle rather than being on the seat. i am getting drawn back automatically. can you please help me out with this?

Hello Rohit,

If you are being "being drawn back automatically", you have to develop you body and muscle control to the point that you can "deliberately" counter that force. You must control your body against any momentum or movement of the horse, because it is you body and the aids it gives that communicates to the horse what to do and how to do it.

You need to sit in your saddle on a longe line WITH NO STIRRUPS and trot circles until you find your "seat"

It is my guess that you are pushing off with your feet against the stirrups and that is the automatic force that is pushing you out of your seat.

Ask you trainer to put you on the longe line with no stirrups and see if that helps. I think it will.

Happy riding,


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Dorothy K Morris


I now live in Tucson, AZ. My expertise is in training and rehabilitating horses, and training riders for combined training for over 40 years, in Virginia and California. This includes dressage, cross country obstacles and show jumping. In my many years of experience and endless study of Classical theory, and my hands-on retraining horses,I have accummulated much knowledge of the different personalities of horses and how to approach their rehabilitation. At my age, I do not ride as much as I used to, but I don't see why I have to waste the experience I have. I can answer certain questions about starting young horses in English riding: dressage, jumping, cross country obstacles and basic equitation. I can help with rehabilitation of spoiled or difficult horses; however, many problems require sustained riding instruction/training and I cannot do this online. Some issues need to be observed to come to a correct diagnosis. If your problem is of this type, please find a qualified instructor/trainer. I cannot give riding lessons via email.


Experience in the area: Over 40 years of English riding experience, including Fox Hunting in Virginia where I earned my colors with the Blue Ridge Hunt, training young horses for hunting and/or eventing. Coached a rider from her beginning at Training Level Combined tests through her competition at two Junior International competition Three Day Events. She rode my horse that I also started and trained her to ride. This combination competed in the World Championship Three Day in Lexington, KY in 1978. I trained another horse (TB) through 3rd Level Dressage and jumping. He eventually competed at Advanced level Three Day. I have reschooled several horses with difficulties ranging from running away to running backward, to not allowing a bridle to be put on, to kicking out at the farrier, being "too much on the muscle over jumps", barn sour, etc

National Society Daughters of the Revolution (DAR)

Six novels (I am also a novelist)

Some college. Endless study of Classical Theory and training methods.

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Who's Who of American Women, Who'w Who in America, Past Board of Directors FDIC-NACM

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