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    03-20-2011, 01:12 PM
Ive always thought I ride with my leg to far forward, but I think it all depends on the saddle your using. I feel more secure with my leg on a dressage saddle. In a jumping saddle I feel I don't have a tight leg.

This pic was taken 6 years ago and I was told my leg was to far forward. Is it?

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    03-20-2011, 02:47 PM
Yep. Too far forward. If you draw a straight line down through you shoulders, through you hips, it should line up with your heels. That being said, it can be very deceptive in forward flap saddles. I bet once you're up in your half seat, your parts line up.
    03-20-2011, 06:49 PM
Yea they do I have some pics of me in a half seat and it looks good. Its just everytime im in a close contact saddle my legs go far forward
    03-20-2011, 07:12 PM
Well my instructor had me ride with my stirrups tied to my girth. Wow! What a difference! I had no idea my leg was that far off. I am better with keeping my left leg forward enough but OBVIOUSLY not 'wrapped around' the horse. My outer ankle is sore from riding like that now, both legs. It was awkward riding like that but, originally, I thought it sounded 'unsafe' to have your stirrups tied and I felt the opposite. I felt more comfortable knowing that my stirrups were not going to move and I easily slipped my foot out to ask for a leg yield and then popped it right back in. And the horse listened perfect for cantering, I figured she wouldn't do it because I wouldn't be able to put my outside leg back without removing it from the stirrup. That being said, even though it SUCKED and my legs and ankles are sore, it makes me want to ride like that until my legs and ankles AREN'T sore from being in that position
    03-21-2011, 01:17 AM
How did she tie them exactly?
    03-21-2011, 02:16 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Gotta differ with ya MIE. The leg in that pic is a tad forward, but the heel does almost line up perfectly with the hips. A lot of people ride with their legs too far back and don't know it. OP might be fishing for some viewers, but the pic is correct.
A lot of people seem to think that the heel should be inline with the hip, I believe this to be inaccurate, and for you to be correct.
    03-21-2011, 10:25 AM
Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
How did she tie them exactly?
she got some baling twine and tied them on the side. I don't know exactly how far off the side of the horse as it was UNDER me so I didn't really see. I'm trying to remember, since I had to cut the twine after my lesson...I want to say it was about 6 to 8 inches away
    03-21-2011, 11:11 AM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
A lot of people seem to think that the heel should be inline with the hip, I believe this to be inaccurate, and for you to be correct.
It depends on the style of riding. Some styles put it directly under the hip, others under the belt buckle, and others further ahead. A pretty good guide is if the stirrup leather hangs straight down, and your butt is in the right spot on the saddle. Then you are riding without tension in your leg moving the stirrup.
    03-21-2011, 06:04 PM
I agree the leg position will vary with different types of saddles. My logic is, in any saddle, if you can stand straight up at any given time and not fall forward or backward, your lower leg is in the right spot.
    03-23-2011, 06:49 PM
Well I did my whole lesson today with my stirrups tied. It, at least, wasn't as uncomfortable for me. Apparently I stick my right toes out but my heel is down well and my left foot points straight like it should but I don't keep my heel down enough. It's interesting to find these things out after I've been riding for years and no one has ever mentioned it.

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