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    10-18-2011, 10:53 PM
Proper Leg position?

Hey guys, quick question -

What is the correct leg position for dressage?

I have always heard the shoulder > hips > heel rule; however, in looking in the mirror at my position ( at a halt ) in the arena mirror, this is what I realized -

When I align my hips & heel, it puts my leg behind the girth ( B ), and if I keep my leg at the girth ( A ) they no longer align. So which one is correct, if any?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! ( please excuse my 'low quality' depictions. If need be, I can see about getting some pictures of my actual position, not sure how they'll turn out though)

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    10-18-2011, 11:17 PM
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Of the two, B is more correct. You leg is never AT the girth, but close to it, just behind.
    10-19-2011, 06:53 PM
The "correct" leg position in dressage is that which allows the rider to effectively use her leg and seat, without drawing up the heel. A good saddle should place your leg correctly - not too far forward or back. Stirrup length plays a suprisingly small role and longer stirrups only really have a cosmetic benefit only IF your leg and seat are strong enough for a longer stirrup.
    10-21-2011, 12:21 AM
Green Broke
I came across this picture recently and thought it was a pretty good example of both horse and rider in a good dressage position:

Her back might be a little too rounded (or it could just be how to coat hangs), and maybe her hands could be a tiny bit higher, but other than that I think this is an excellent example. You can see that her ankle does fall slightly behind the girth, but not by very much, and squeezing with the calves will put pressure almost right above the girth.

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