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post #21 of 37 Old 01-27-2012, 05:45 PM
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Well if you do use a crop, you can still give you leg cue, but have the crop there to back your leg up if you horse ignores {your leg.}

But I don't know if your horse is ignoring your leg cue, or if the way you're asking and you gripping, which may be hazing/fogging up the cue and making it hard to do.

EDIT: "which may make the cue unclear to your horse" probably would have been a better phrase.

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I don't even need the crop she fully understands what am asking even though I'm doing it incorrectly. I turn my toe outwards and try applying a squeeze but I end up gripping with my knee therefore my heel comes up and I get insecure in my seat. In the video above it looks like the rider is just closing her leg in in the horse is that correct ???
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I turn my toe outwards and try applying a squeeze but I end up gripping with my knee therefore my heel comes up and I get insecure in my seat. In the video above it looks like the rider is just closing her leg in in the horse is that correct ???
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Yeah, you don't want to turn your toe because that puts the heel and the back of your leg on the horse. Your toes should be pointing as straight forward as you can manage, without pinching with your knee, and then squeeze from the inside of your calves.

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I don't even need the crop she fully understands what am asking even though I'm doing it incorrectly. I turn my toe outwards and try applying a squeeze but I end up gripping with my knee therefore my heel comes up and I get insecure in my seat. In the video above it looks like the rider is just closing her leg in in the horse is that correct ???
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Yep. Sorry, I missed that in explaining xP I've gotten to the point where I don't really think about it anymore :\

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Thanks a million I feel like such an idiot but I think have a better understanding of how it should be done - something I didn't have before I looking forward trying
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Thanks a million I feel like such an idiot but I think have a better understanding of how it should be done - something I didn't have before I looking forward trying
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No reason to feel like that! I used to ride with my heels too, then my riding instructor told me to knock it off and now I'm getting a lot better responses from my cues.

Just need to do it a few good times, make some muscle memory, and it'll be natural in no time!

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I'm going to keep reminding myself and hopefully in time it will be natural
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I've being having lessons on the lunge riding with no stirrups to build up my leg muscles but once off the lunge problem still occurs going start watching dressage videos
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Ive being having lessons on the lunge riding with no stirrups to build up my leg muscles but once off the lunge problem still occurs going start watching dressage videos
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You should ask your trainer to watch your legs at the canter and give you some help. How do you do at the walk and trot?

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Walk and trot it's no problem at all. I'm prob worrying about it to much
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