Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Jacksonville, FL
• Horses: 0
Paso - welcome to my world. I think I have personally driven my trainer to serious drink by my inability to keep my feet where they are supposed to be.
Try a few things - instead of worrying about keeping your heels down (if you push your heels down, your leg is much more likely to go forward) and think about lifting your toes. Also, keeping your heels down does not mean you have a 90 degree angle at your ankle.
If you are posting too high (and yes I have the pics that show me straight up out of the tack), think about going forward and back and swinging your hips. To do this, you need to relax your back and let the horse push you forward toward your pommel and then sit. As I am now 57, for some reason the simple mechanics of this escaped me for the longest time and I am now just being able to somewhat relax my back and go with the motion. My trainer is constantly telling me to bend my knees - that's the other part - foot and lower leg stay still, flex is from the hips and knees, kind of like doing squats with a little "dirty dancing".
Keeping your leg under you - think about a string that goes from your heel, to your hip to your shoulder. As you post, in a perfect world, every time you sit, that string from heel, to hip to shoulder is still in place.
Keep working at it and relax - yes, I know, not as easy as it sounds. Can you do lessons on a bouncier horse so you get the feel of the horse pushing you forward? Smooth schoolies don't help this issue. Ask me how I know!!!
Good luck! It will come!