Maybe.. she usually tells me to lift my back up a little more and lower my hands lol which is weird because I guess I'm kind of doing the opposite of what normally happens? But yeah I'll try to lean back more while lifting my hands up slightly and we'll see how that goes tomorrow :) thanks so much for the advice @brenna
In the half seat, the main issue with hip angles is leaning too far forward and hunching down for balance. If you lift your hands while in the half seat, you'll naturally lean back more. Does that make sense in your case?
Oh okay thanks! That makes sense. But my next question is then how would I do that in a half seat?? @adeline
Schneider / @brenna
I'd say that's maybe you have to follow your horse's movement with your seat?
Your legs are probably coming too far forward at the canter. Your hip angle is the angle of the middle of your torso and your upper leg. for you open it, your upper leg/thigh has to be angled more downward, compare to your upper body, there are two ways to open your hip angle. One is leaning back more, the other (which your trainer probably wants) is by keeping your body the same, but pointing your upper leg more directly down. To do that, you have to reach down more with your heals, pushing your upper leg back, without swinging your lower leg back. You have to leave your foot in the same spot.