My dressage instructor told me that Iím restricting the horseís motion with my thighs so she asked me to take my thighs off the saddle while keeping the lower leg on the horse. I told her that I couldnít do that since my lower leg and upper leg are attached to each other. She said itís because I have big thighs. I should mention that she is super skinny with long lean legs and that all of her really successful students are equally skinny with long legs.
Now, Iíve already lost a bunch of weight since I started training with her and I have noticed that Iím a lot more effective with my aids now that Iím skinny again and Iím actually starting to look more like a dressage rider. Iíve always had big thighs though so I donít know if I can manage to lose weights just in the thigh area.
Any suggestions? Is it just a matter of getting a different saddle? Are there exercises that will make my thighs long and slim instead of bulky? The horse I ride is very unbalanced by nature and requires a balanced, advanced dressage rider (per my dressage instructor), so perhaps itís just a matter of finding a different horse?