Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I don't grip with my knees, but one of my bad habits is leaning forward. I started taking lessons 3 weeks ago (western riding). My instructor said she usually teaches things in 3 steps, so that a turn becomes:
1 - Turn with your seat
2 - Outside leg
3 - Invite with rein, if needed
But, she said, I need to add step 0, as in
0 - Straighten your back (or even feel like I'm leaning back)
And to create new habits, she said to run thru that at every transition: change of pace, change of direction, lateral move, etc - entering the transition and leaving it, straighten my back. She says with enough time my posture will then improve in between transitions.
You might try the same thing with your knees. Entering and leaving every transition, make a conscious effort to spread your knees and then let the weight flow thru them.
I'll add that I guess I am odd...if I think heels down, I tighten my entire leg. Always. If I think toes up, I don't. Worst case, I think a relaxed leg is more important than heels down, and it may be that for me, a relaxed leg creates the heels down, rather than the reverse.
Last edited by bsms; 04-21-2011 at 04:52 PM.