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        05-14-2009, 08:32 PM
    Help with posting, pleassee!

    When I post lately, my legs keep swinging because I'm bracing against my stirrups. Though I'm aware of the issue, I just can't fix it! I try to use my upper body more but nothing helps! Help please?
    It happens on EVERY horse. From a 13 hh pony, to the 16+ hh horse my trainer owns.. so it's definitely not that I don't fit..?
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        05-14-2009, 08:52 PM
    Can you drop your stirrups at the trot?
        05-14-2009, 09:53 PM
    Well, lately I haven't been able to because:
    1) I've been practicing for a dressage test and otherwise jumping, so there isn't much time.
    2) I ride a very, VERY big horse sometimes, and he has a big stride so he can go very fast & when I do ride him no stirrups [which I do know and then] it's tricky. Otherwise I ride a green pony who would throw me if I dropped my stirrups.. hehe.
        05-15-2009, 09:04 AM
    When I was taking lessons I had to work a lot with posting with no stirrups...MAN was I sore. I had another instructor tell me to do inner thigh exercises when I wasn't riding, once a day. Either get a 'thigh master' or find some other exercises that will work those muscles
        05-16-2009, 07:16 PM
    One stirrup work is REALLY good. I find I get more of a workout from that than I do without stirrups.
        05-18-2009, 07:35 PM
    Green Broke
    ^ Amen to that!
        05-18-2009, 07:53 PM
    Never tried one stirrup before... On purpose that is!
        05-18-2009, 10:05 PM
    Have someone put you on a lounge if the horse isn't the best behaved when you have no stirrups. There is ALWAYS time for it, I warm up in all three gaits without stirrups before I jump. My trainer always told me the rule of thumb was 10-15 minutes no stirrup work everytime I ride. Can you ride another horse? If bracing against your stirrups is the problem the only way to really get rid of that is to not have them there to brace against.
        05-19-2009, 07:06 AM
    Green Broke
    ^ Yup, to get rid of a problem with bracing, take the thing you brace against away
        05-20-2009, 02:00 PM
    While I agree with working without stirrups, might I suggest doing a bunch of work in two point as well. It will help you really sink into your heels and help you learn how to use your muscles and joints correctly to absorb the bounce of th gaits instead of bracing against the stirrups, if that makes sense.

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