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post #1 of 11 Old 07-23-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Coming Back After a Break..

So I'm a working student for the summer at a hunter/jumper training farm. I've ridden for 15 years (am 19) and I've always had a good leg and a low heel. But since selling my horse and taking a break for school, I noticed I now stand in the stirrups a lot! Has this happened to anyone else? Not just standing in the stirrups, but bad habits coming from seemingly nowhere after a break?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-23-2013, 09:13 PM
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yeah, it happens to me every time a ride! I take a break for one day and my riding habits go south fast! (as if they were good to begin with!) Just kidding, of course. But I bet you are still a super rider, just probably becoming a lot more discerning and seeing things you didn't realize you used to do that now you know aren't so good. Could that be it?
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yeah, it happens to me every time a ride! I take a break for one day and my riding habits go south fast! (as if they were good to begin with!) Just kidding, of course. But I bet you are still a super rider, just probably becoming a lot more discerning and seeing things you didn't realize you used to do that now you know aren't so good. Could that be it?
I'm sure its a possibility! Haha I know my leg is much weaker cause for the first time in my life I've been saddle sore xD Now that I'm finally in formidable riding shape, I want to start doing some stirrupless riding. I practiced around the clock posting and holding my "up" post for two strides and it was quite difficult! My friend and coworker at the barn says my leg is heaps and bounds better when I'm jumping. I wonder if it's because when I'm hacking, I over think my position, and when I'm jumping, I worry more about the ride to and away from the jump.. if that makes sense.

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Yep it's called lack of muscle tone and even memory. Your body can't do what it did, so it tries anything remotely like what it should be doing.

Just keep riding when you can and pay attention to what your body is doing :)gl

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post #5 of 11 Old 07-23-2013, 10:50 PM
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I totally understand where you are coming from. I just started riding again after a 12 year break and although my brain remembers exactly what to do, my body sometimes does not! Lol. I find I 'chair seat' much more than I used to, and I have a bit of a slight lean forward problem too at times. Stuff to work on! :)
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I'm totally with you guys. My brain says if you put your heels down, this will be easier, but my body says when I squeeze, the heel just comes up out of nowhere... And I lose contact, and inevitably, my right stirrup (which is longer than the left due to unmatched stirrup leathers--it's driving me batty)...
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I used to be able to sit a lope great. Then I took a 9 month break for school, and now I can NOT for the life of me apply leg to do a figure right without my leg slipping so far backwards my boot is practically tangled in his tail! Lol, it sucks. But eventually your body will remember what to do and you'll be fine. It happens to everyone!
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-24-2013, 02:18 AM
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I'm with you as well.

I took a break for about 10 years and I figured it would be like riding a bike. It definitely isn't! It's not like starting from scratch but it's taken a while to get everything back into place.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-24-2013, 05:30 PM
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I hear you! My leg strength took forever to recover-- more over- since I had been doing other activities such as running and dance muscles that I did not have developed when I had been riding now were developed and I was compensating with them. It can be such a pain to deal with.

Keep at it, and consider asking a riding buddy to point it out to you if he or she notices you doing something you are working on stopping.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-24-2013, 06:51 PM
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I wish I had video of my first few rides back after not riding for 20 years. That much have been painful to watch me try to post! You sound relatively young, so that should work in your favor as far as bouncing back.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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