In June, I had to stop leasing a slower dressage horse because of some stuff happening at the barn. I then moved to a very speedy pony that I have been riding for five months. I stopped leasing him because the forty minute drive was a little too long, especially when I was only able to go ride him two times a week. Since then, I went to look at one dead headed gelding ( it was like riding an unemotional cinder block) and the trainer of the horse was very nice, and she seemed very helpful as to finding me a good lease match.
I had a lesson on a very slow tb on Sunday, and we barely moved. My calves were too weak to hold him up (you know how you wrap your legs around the horse's tummy and lift) so she decided that we couldn't canter. She then dropped my stirrups down one hole... And my legs couldn't reach and stay that far down.
I knew that I had problems with long legs when I was riding my old mare who needed a lot of leg, I had to jack my stirrups up because I couldn't keep my legs that long. Her trot was super bouncy so that didn't help. So when I moved to the pony I kept them at that short length because I'm pretty big for him. Only now did I realize that would create a problem.
So yesterday when I rode my boss' gelding (very advanced horse... Usually I only walk around with him because if someone's in the arena with us he decides to go faster... And he's very bit sensitive so you can't really tell him to stop.) and I put my stirrups all the down and walked like that for an hour... Would that help for longer legs?
So basically, I was hoping for some exercises that would give me stronger calves and longer legs. Especially ones that don't need to be done faster than at a walk (the walk only gelding is the only horse I can practice on) or be done without a horse. Sorry for the rambling!