Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
You keep loosing your iron, because you are blocking your weight flow from occuring, by gripping or pinching to find that false sense of security.
You need to allow your heels to be your anchors, they must beable to do their job, and by allowing them to do you, you must permit your bodies natural weight to flow from your head, down into your seat and down into your heels.
Ensure that your leathers are at the proper length. Then ensure that your feet are placed in your irons correctly - where the base of the iron is at the balls of your feet, the outter bar is placed at the tip of your pinky toe and the inner bar is placed at the ball of your big toe - that way, your ankles can relax and flex and act as shock absorbers.
Then, your heels will be allowed to do their job - which is anhor you in your tack. Open up your knees, do not grip or pinch..the moment you do that, you block that weight flow from occuring. Opening up your knees and allowing that weight to flow down.
Once you've found that, now you can work on stabalizing your lower leg, at the girth. As George Morris says, you are not ontop of your horse, you are wrapped around your horse. So, by opening up your knees, allowing that weight flow to occur, your legs can then wrap around your horses girth.
Make sure your feet are balanced under you, glue your calf to your horses side. You want to find your "sweet spot" as I call it. You don't want your toes pointed completely forward, nor do you want your toes so pointed out, you're mimicking Charlie Chaplin. Find that sweet spot, find YOUR proper calf placement.
THEN - you are solidifed in your tack. NOW, you can go over a fence, with proper use of security in your saddle, and you wont lose your iron.
Work on your two point position over, and over, and over, and over again. Muscle memory.
Proper leather length
Proper placement of foot in iron
Finding your calves sweet spot
No gripping, no pinching of knee's, allowing weight to flow into your heels
Muscle memory of lower leg at girth
Wrap around your horse
It'll all come, when you put all the correct puzzle pieces in the correct spots. One piece at a time, you'll soon beable to see the whole picture.