Hello everyone! :)
I'm just starting to go over small jumps but my lower leg needs work! This is especially important because I'm looking to start showing in beginner equitation next spring and every article and description emphasizes the importance of the secure low leg. Plus there's the big and obvious thing of having a safe and secure base for jumping.
I have a tendency to get distracted over the jumps worrying about the horse taking off and sometimes my leg slips back a touch or I end up bracing on my toes even though I realize full well that if my heels were down and I was balanced it wouldn't make me wobble as badly if the jump goes funny, but that's what I'm here for! So silly!
I lesson once a week but I have an opportunity to ride independently besides that and I was hoping that someone might have some good workouts to do in the saddle on my own (that is, without an extra person there to do work on a lunge for example). The rule for the independent rides is that we're not to jump (since we're beginners it's a safety precaution) so it would all be flatwork.
I've practiced my balance riding around in two-point but while that's helped me get extra flexibility in my ankles it hasn't done as much for my calves and positioning. I really want to get the proper position so I can start working on elasticity in my hips and quit gripping with my knees which is not a habit yet but I've caught myself doing it and don't want it to stick.
So! What are the best exercises to do? I'm known to push myself pretty hard so I'm game for anything.