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  • My legs are not staying put
  • Why does my leg move so much when riding

 
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    03-05-2011, 07:47 PM
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Question How can I make my leg stay PUT!

Ok so I had another lesson today! :) (yay) and I did rather well, especially at the canter, but at the trot my legs are moving sooo much!

I will post a video once it finishes loading, but any advice on how to keep it motionless? I read somewhere you're leg will move a lot if you post by lifting yourself with your stirrups instead of... ??????
So ya I have to put less weight at the ball of my feet to lift me and more, ... like I have to lift myself by tightening my knees??
Ya... so basically what I am asking... is how am I suppose to post?

Thanks!
     
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    03-05-2011, 08:20 PM
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Trained
Instead of thinking of the post as you lifting yourself, think of it as your horse bouncing you out of the saddle. Use the motion of the horse to "flick" you up and out.

In terms of where you are meant to grip and push with, it is very subtle and mostly with your thighs.
     
    03-05-2011, 08:27 PM
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Yes def do NOT grip with your knees and you want weight to sink into your heel. Do TONS of trot work in 2 point, with and without stirrups and your leg will be a lot better in no time :)
     
    03-05-2011, 08:28 PM
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Foal
Definitely don't grip with your knees this will only make your leg more insecure. Riding stirrupless will help strengthen your leg
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    03-05-2011, 08:29 PM
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Foal
Ah beaten by cj82sky lol
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    03-05-2011, 08:34 PM
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Hehe... the video where my leg is worst. :/

Thanks a lot. I will mention to my trainer if I can have a lesson where we do stirrup-less posting and more 2 point.

Also where should I put pressure exactly and how much? I know very little pressure, but am I suppose to be gripping more with my calves to keep my leg in place?
     
    03-05-2011, 08:56 PM
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Yearling
At first, it looked like you were just kicking him to make him go forward. But as I watched, it kinda looked beginner rider ish (how the beginners normally don't have good heels and post using their feet). My solution is simply NO STIRRUPS. Take them off your saddle! It'll make you apply your entire leg rather than just your knees, thighs, or just your calves. It will also make riding 100% easier and it will totally solve your problem(:
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    03-05-2011, 09:01 PM
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I know, it really is awful. :( Though I am glad to say my whole lesson wasn't like that. It was more discrete further into the lesson.

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At first, it looked like you were just kicking him to make him go forward.
Whenever I was about to go on and was on the trot poles though, I was kicking. Everything after that was just shameful riding. :(
     
    03-05-2011, 09:03 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
I know, it really is awful. :( Though I am glad to say my whole lesson wasn't like that. It was more discrete further into the lesson.



Whenever I was about to go on and was on the trot poles though, I was kicking. Everything after that was just shameful riding. :(
It's not shameful! Everyone starts somewhere. I know riders to this day who look like hell on a horse and have been riding for years! You actually want to do better and ask for help! Kudos to you(:
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    03-05-2011, 09:10 PM
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Thank you. :) I want to show before I finish high school, so I am eager to correct every little thing before it becomes too much of a habit. My stable doesn't make you show until you are pretty much perfect. First you go through my current trainer who makes you learn all the basics (and more) perfectly, then if you want to show you go to the other trainer who prepares you for showing.
     

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