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post #21 of 28 Old 07-03-2008, 08:54 PM
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Yup, it makes sense and I know what you mean. I really feel the difference when I'm relaxed in the saddle - I think that worrying about my feet has been tensing me up, making me bounce and so making it impossible to make my feet do what I want them to do! So if I focus on riding the canter smoothly, the rest ought to follow more naturally. Practice, practice, practice ...

Thanks for explaining the feet thing. When you're riding in jump position, is it more balancing on the balls and lowering your heels, or putting weight into your heels? I imagine both are possible, once you've actually got some strength in your legs, but which should I be aiming for?

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post #22 of 28 Old 07-03-2008, 09:32 PM
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Thanks for explaining the feet thing. When you're riding in jump position, is it more balancing on the balls and lowering your heels, or putting weight into your heels? I imagine both are possible, once you've actually got some strength in your legs, but which should I be aiming for?
I usually ride in Jump position with my whieght on the balls of my feet the kinda squeeze with my knees and thighs. I find putting the weight on my heels in jump position to make my body wanna fall backwards. I almost never put weight on my heels inless I'm ridding Western and coming to a reining stop. But other than that I always have my weight on the balls of my feet. If you have any more questions for me please fell more than free to ask!!!

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post #23 of 28 Old 07-03-2008, 09:59 PM
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Gotcha. I wish I had a bigger bum, it might make sticking it to things easier xD
when you ride the canter, "ride" your saddle like it was a chair you are trying to scoot up to a table...that might help ;)

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post #24 of 28 Old 07-14-2008, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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we are doing better-the stable manager came out and watched me-i needed to lengthen the stirrups-i also need to tone up a bit-he is so round it is difficult to grip, do leg work and keep heels down ect-with the stirrups longer i am sitting up straight (with the imaginary line-which works thank you!) and it is all coming together-practice practice-we are doing quite a nice jog!!!
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post #25 of 28 Old 07-14-2008, 08:10 PM
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When I'm really tense and my feet start to slip I do this thing with my thighs.

It really sorta hurts at first because your muscles arent used to it but it helps build strength and gets your butt and legs sinking down.


My suggestion is to start at the walk, master it, move to the trot, master it and then finally use it on the canter.



While sitting on him, try and keep your seat as still and straight as possible. Lift your legs up and away from the saddle, sorta like you're trying to do a split in the air (but dont go too far or it'll hurt and kill the purpose of the exercise TRUST ME! haha) Then turn your toes down and then relax your leg back against the horse.


What you're trying to do it get your thigh back behind you and it begins to relax and strengthen your position



Hope that helps =)

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post #26 of 28 Old 07-16-2008, 10:44 AM
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we are doing better-the stable manager came out and watched me-i needed to lengthen the stirrups-i also need to tone up a bit-he is so round it is difficult to grip, do leg work and keep heels down ect-with the stirrups longer i am sitting up straight (with the imaginary line-which works thank you!) and it is all coming together-practice practice-we are doing quite a nice jog!!!

Yay Kirsti! Keep us updated!

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post #27 of 28 Old 07-16-2008, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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you girls are so funny-and very cool i must add-claireauriga stated she needed a bigger bum???????? you must be very young honey =that thought will leave you soon! thanks for all your help-you are all helping me so much. I notice an improvement each day if not in me in him so this is working. I am sitting much better-legs are stronger-i am back to trot and jog until that is completely mastered and my cruddy posting is even improving. -so I am waiting for the day that i can canter him freely and keep perfect posture and and and all the other things i am learning= we look so much better and the learning is fun. I am still smiling at claireauriga!!!!!
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post #28 of 28 Old 07-16-2008, 05:24 PM
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I'm nineteen, and I want bigger thighs :P I have long, skinny legs. And I'm glad I put a smile on your face xD

Mind you, I had a different problem yesterday. I went to the trekking place again, taking my cousin, and while they gave us 'rider horses' (as opposed to 'non-rider horses' for people with no idea what they're doing), mine was a slim pony (13.2hh at the most?) and I swear my feet met underneath him. I felt so unstable because it was so difficult to curve my calves underneath him so I had no grip there. And his trot was a very fast sharp thing, nothing like the lovely slow springy trot of a bigger horse xD

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