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post #1 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Lower Leg!?

When I ride, my lower leg is awful, it tends to be to far forward! I was wondering are there any excersises I could do at home to help. Another thing, I don't have a horse just a barrel...
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 01:54 PM
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Try squats. If your leg isn't in the proper position, you'll know! It will make you more conscious of where your leg is when on a horse.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 05:14 PM
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The issue isn't with your muscles, it's with your position ON the horse.

Therefore it can only be fixed ON the horse.

Here is a video that can help:


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post #4 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 11:15 PM
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Also look at your saddle balance. If the saddle isn't balanced properly on the horse, it will tip you backwards (or forwards, but more likely backwards from what you have said) and it will throw your leg forward as a result.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-09-2013, 12:10 PM
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Try this - As soon as you mount (and are ready to ride) - stand in the stirrups and allow your heels to stretch down (do NOT force them down). That is the proper leg position.

The trick them is to periodically do the same thing while riding (you may have to hold on to mane or a bucking strap to keep your balance.

Doing it often will re-establish your leg position. It could be just you, or your saddle could be contributing to the problem.

Forcing your heels down also tends to push your legs forward, so think of "allowing" them to relax down at the horses side instead of forcing them down.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-12-2013, 03:07 PM
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This is a very hard concept. I have learned that if your position on the horse is wrong usually the position of you leg is wrong. And, you might be holding tension somewhere in your body, such as you lower back (I often hold tension there). You could also be grabbing with your knee, try letting your seat bones sink into the saddle, and think of bringing your sacrum to the front of the saddle, while allowing your legs to drop in a line that matches your spine to your ankle, while also keeping your legs relaxed, but not floppy, if that makes sense.

I hope this helped, it helped me with my leg position. It is very hard to understand without a visual.

Good Luck :)

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-17-2013, 01:20 PM
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When riding, stick a glove just under your knee, at the top of your calf. Son't put it actually under your knee because then you will be gripping with your knee
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