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post #11 of 28 Old 07-05-2008, 05:45 PM
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Try riding for a month without stirrups
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post #12 of 28 Old 07-11-2008, 10:34 AM
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Also, try riding on a lunge line (have someone help you) without hands a few times a week. This will force you to use your legs to stay balanced instead of your hands.
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post #13 of 28 Old 07-11-2008, 07:12 PM
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oh, oh oh! google these three words "ground exercises for the rider" umm, five words.... sorry.... that's what i did and i'd just give you links, but my computer and search engines aren't agreeing right now... i would have if i wasn't so technically challenged at the moment
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post #14 of 28 Old 07-11-2008, 07:37 PM
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What everyone said is wonderful. Buuuut. If you're like me, you can't get out to the barn enough for it to make a difference. So I will share a list of things you can do while NOT riding.

Squats are excellent, and so, so irritating.

Jogging, bicycling and swimming are all good for your legs (so is walking, come to think of it) -- and your entire body because they're aerobic (sp?).

As someone suggested (sorry I can't remember who you are!) pilates and yoga are both good. And anything that strengthens your body in general is good. So... crunches are excellent. They give you lots of strength. Some people don't believe how much having ab muscles helps when riding horses. <.<
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post #15 of 28 Old 07-30-2008, 03:13 PM
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yeah, riding without stirrups helps.
ive read somewhere as well, that if you stand on the bottom step of your stairs with just your toes, and then push your heels down as far as you can, while holding onto the banister or something so you dont fall, it helps you to keep your legs in the correct position when you're riding. (:
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post #16 of 28 Old 07-31-2008, 02:37 AM
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just ride :)
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post #17 of 28 Old 07-31-2008, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!!

Yeah I already do those things where you go up and down on your tiptoes, that really works the calves!! And I walk pretty much everywhere lol. I also do situps for core body strength, I think my half halts have improved.
I cant do sirrupless stuff cos hes a baby and will sometimes put in unexpected bucks or rears. Ill have to try that with the mare.

The stretches sound like a good idea, especially the steps one!
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post #18 of 28 Old 07-31-2008, 09:21 AM
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squats-yucky and i hate them but squats !!!and press your butt down

stand up very straight arms out in front- legs apart the further the better then push that bum down slowly and hold for a minute then back up-you will feel it all the way from your hip to ankle and dont need the horse to do it- will strenthen and firm the legs fast
i do those and the stair one for heels-(too many too fast it will hurt)

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post #19 of 28 Old 07-31-2008, 02:40 PM
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hack a horse bareback! its fun AND it helps with balance, position, and trust.

you can also get some barn mates and have a show in the arena(without the horses) and do flatwork and make up jumping courses

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post #20 of 28 Old 07-31-2008, 04:56 PM
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[quote="Salty_alydaR"]hack a horse bareback! its fun AND it helps with balance, position, and trust.

unless you have a horse like mine! lol his withers are so high there is no way to ride him bareback, even walking sometimes starts to hurt!

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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