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    12-03-2009, 09:30 PM
  #1
Weanling
Lower leg?

So when I ride whenever we trot I notice my lower leg moves at and no matter how far I push my heel down it doesn't stop. Is there anyway to fix this and is it a bad thing?
     
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    12-03-2009, 10:34 PM
  #2
Trained
It isn't about shoving your heels down, it is about distributing your bodies weight properly through your lower leg. Your heels are supposed to anchor you in your tack, yes - but they cannot do their job properly, if you just shove them down.

Shoving them down does absolutely nothing - you have to allow your bodies weight to flow down into them. But the only way you can do that, is by re-training your muscles.

Get your knee's off your saddle. Stop riding with your knee's. Open them up, and allow your lower leg to do it's job. The moment you pinch or grip with your knee's, you break off the weight distribution that is supposed to occur, so then you loose effectiveness of your lower leg.

Get your inner calf at your horses side. Remember, you are wrapped around your horse, not just ontop.

Don't over post. Alot of people post from their knee's and irons, but it is supposed to be a soft and small movement from your horse lifting you out of your tack, and an even distribution through your inner calf and thigh.

Hope that helps.
     
    12-03-2009, 11:12 PM
  #3
Trained
I found that bareback helped me stabilize myself overall including my lower leg.
     
    12-03-2009, 11:52 PM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks MIEventer for the great info!
     
    12-04-2009, 12:40 AM
  #5
Trained
You're welcome darling. It wont happen over night. Bad habits are very hard to break. It'll come, and you'll figure it out on your own - and when the light bulb turns on for you, you'll be going "OOOOOOOH!"

I love those moments :)
     
    12-05-2009, 03:20 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
It isn't about shoving your heels down, it is about distributing your bodies weight properly through your lower leg. Your heels are supposed to anchor you in your tack, yes - but they cannot do their job properly, if you just shove them down....
Thanks so much, MIE- I have trouble with my lower leg too. Your explanation helps alot and gives me some concrete pictures to work with, great post!
     
    12-05-2009, 09:43 PM
  #7
Foal
Make sure you aren't gripping with your knee.
You can wrap your lower leg around your horse like you would if you were riding bareback
     
    12-06-2009, 09:19 PM
  #8
Weanling
What are some excercises I can do that will help?
     

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