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    04-03-2012, 10:58 PM
  #1
Weanling
Wink Lesson TORTURE...for me.

I was wondering if anyone else has had to do this.

My trainer has been making us ride with our heels in the stirrups instead of our toes. Like backwards almost. I don't know if that makes sense, haha.

But I HATE it with a burning passion! It hurts my legs so much, which means I should probably practice it more. I pinch with my knee and my leg swings backwards, which makes me lose my stirrup. Today I felt like I was all over the place, I felt sorry for poor Duo! I've never been more ready for a lesson to end :P

On a brighter note, my trainer picked me as "Most Potential" on the equestrian team at our team dinner on Sunday. It's a huge compliment coming from my coach!
     
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    04-03-2012, 11:01 PM
  #2
Yearling
what is the reason for this ???
     
    04-03-2012, 11:03 PM
  #3
Trained
I can't really picture that position. The burning part, yea, I can relate. My instructor has various difficult exercises, I kinda like the burn.
     
    04-04-2012, 02:41 AM
  #4
Trained
Don't know what this would achieve other than riders who grip to try and hang onto their stirrups and brace the ankle joint, which leaves you with no shock absorbtion?
     
    04-04-2012, 04:25 AM
  #5
Green Broke
That is really weird.

Wouldn't it completely destroy your lower leg position and encourage you to grip with knees?
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    04-04-2012, 10:32 AM
  #6
Weanling
I don't really know what it does lol. It really makes me grip with my knee, which my trainer said shouldn't be happening. Apparently it makes you keep your weight in your heel and NOT pinch with your knee, because if you do, your lower leg will swing backwards and you'll lose your stirrup.
I don't know, but I hate it haha! I told her I'd work on it this summer, but I doubt I will :P
     
    04-04-2012, 01:38 PM
  #7
Started
I can't think of any logical reason for this exercise. :/
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    04-04-2012, 04:30 PM
  #8
Weanling
I've done that before. Forces you to keep your lower leg still and under your hip. If you sit with legs too forward, off it goes. If your heel comes up (you don't need your ankle stiff or dramatically low heel to keep it in place) off it goes. Not something to do all the time (I found no stirrups work best for me for those kind of leg issues) but it tells you if something is amiss.
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    04-04-2012, 06:35 PM
  #9
Weanling
^ Yep, exactly! But I'd take my stirrups off for the entire lesson to avoid doing it! Lol
     
    04-05-2012, 10:28 AM
  #10
Foal
Never done it. Never heard of it. Can't think what that's supposed to help with.

Ask your instructor "why"?
     

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