Do's and Dont's
                        SAFETY FIRST!

DO:

  • Use under supervision of a professional. We encourage instructors to be familiar with riding in the Sit-Strap prior to using it with their students.
  • Use with a rider that can confidently walk, trot, and canter independently.
  • Use in a controlled, enclosed, and properly groomed arena.
  • Comfortably fasten the Strap around the lower back (above the buttocks and below the waist).
  • Begin use when horse and rider are thoroughly warmed up with the muscles loose and supple.
  • Start with short sessions in the Strap (5 mins.) and gradually increase the duration, to prevent discomfort to the horse or rider, and to allow the musculature to adapt to the new position.
  • Engage the abdominal muscles and draw back the lower ribs as upper ribs come forward over the pubic bone.
     
  • Draw the seat bones toward the front of the saddle as much as is comfortable.

 

DON'T:

  • Use alone.
  • Use on a green, disobedient, spooky or unbalanced horse.
  • Use on a poorly fitted saddle.
  • Use on a beginner rider who is unable to confidently walk, trot, and canter independently. Riders must be able to maintain the muscular strength in the abdomen necessary to press the sacrum against the strap.
  • Use in an open area with uneven, rocky, or unsafe footing.
  • Fasten the strap so tightly that it causes any bruising or discomfort; or so loose it is ineffective.
  • Use on a cold-backed horse or a tense rider who has not sufficiently warmed up.
  • Assume upon first use that you and your horse are physically ready to strap in for an extended amount of time.
  • Collapse the abdominal muscles.
  • Allow the back to hollow with the seat bones pointing toward the back of the saddle.
  • Ride with spurs if there is any instability in your lower leg.
  • Let any part of the body become improperly aligned or unevenly weighted.