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heel position question

I had my husband take some photos of me working my mare a few weeks ago, and I noticed that my heels were getting ahead of my hips. I had felt it too, but confirmed it photographically. I know I have a bad habit of getting a little behind the horse. However, my trainer hadn't gotten on to me about it, and I've actually noticed some dressage riders let their heels sneak a little forward of their hip position. Is that normal and/or acceptable? I feel more balanced when they are in line, but sometimes it's easier to control the horse when I sit a little behind, particularly if the horse is lazy or doesn't work off the seat well yet.

I can correct it when I think about, and I have been, but I'm curious now.

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-25-2013, 03:58 PM
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Unless its really bad then I wouldn't worry too much about it - since I've gotten older my knees have stiffened up a lot and I often find my heels drifted forward but unless I'm getting behind the horse I don't really see it as a major problem
This handy video came up on Youtube a few days ago - might help you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssFCklAH8co
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I had my husband take some photos of me working my mare a few weeks ago, and I noticed that my heels were getting ahead of my hips. I had felt it too, but confirmed it photographically. I know I have a bad habit of getting a little behind the horse. However, my trainer hadn't gotten on to me about it, and I've actually noticed some dressage riders let their heels sneak a little forward of their hip position. Is that normal and/or acceptable? Not correct, but neither is (constantly) sitting behind the vertical to get horse to lengthen/extend - and you see that in pictures all the time. I feel more balanced when they are in line, but sometimes it's easier to control the horse when I sit a little behind, particularly if the horse is lazy or doesn't work off the seat well yet.

I can correct it when I think about, and I have been, but I'm curious now.
So you need to fix it. May be your saddle - my older AVG allowed me to sit incorrrectly, my Verhan allows me to sit correctly.

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