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post #1 of 4 Old 04-29-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Leg position question

I notice my legs have been creeping forward again, so I'm working on breaking that habit. But I also notice, that when my legs are back and under me, they're not "at the girth." (I have short legs.)

Do any of you feel like you're moving your leg forward when asking your horse to bend round it, like in a shoulder-in? Right now my "at the girth" actually is behind it; I THINK that's right. I won't have a real lesson until Sept. so I'm hoping someone here can clarify this.

(In the past I didn't have this question, as my horse was fairly short-bodied with a mareish belly, and very, very sensitive. It didn't matter, perhaps, if my leg was/wasn't in exactly the right place.)
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-29-2010, 03:33 PM
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It should be slightly behind the girth. The question really, though, is where is your upper body and pelvis? You shouldn't be sitting back on your seat bones,that will take the whole alighnment of your leg out of order.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-29-2010, 06:48 PM
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Yes! Forget about you legs. It sounds like you're just isolating one part too much. The next time you ask for shoulder-in, imagine softening your inside hip socket so the whole leg can drop vertically like a gate on one hinge for him to soften around. Does that make any sense?

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-01-2010, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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You're both right of course!

I've been examining everything I've taken for granted these days, and trying (unsuccessfully) to relate it with Western Reining, which is supposed to be more related to dressage than I'm able to believe. I notice they do ride with a more forward leg. And I was just wondering if keeping my legs under, would make it harder for my horse. When I do yields on the ground, I touch closer to the girth...

Our leg-yields are getting pretty good, and I'm now approaching half-pass. So I definitely want my legs-shoulders-hips-weight all in the right place! Thanks for the reponses!
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