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post #1 of 14 Old 03-12-2009, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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My Legs = Epic Fail! Haha HELP!

I cannot for the life of me keep my legs where they are supposed to go while I ride! I'll get em perfect then there they go, sliding forward and forward and forward. I think it might have something to do with my leg strength, so any tips for keeping my legs back and toes in or strengthening exercises?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-12-2009, 08:43 PM
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My leg used to wiggle so far forward I'd be kicking my pony in the shoulder all the time.

I found trotting around with no stirrups helped alot. I also walked around with five pound weights around my ankles alot, it helped gain a bit more muscle but nothing extraordinary.
I don't know if this is helpfull to you at all but I hope it is lol

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-12-2009, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, mine just slip forward and forward. My instructor said we'd be doing A LOT of work without stirrups next week so that'll probably help. She said if I can find a horse to ride bareback too that'll help with my muscles.
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I'm sure theres lots more you can do. Just remember muscle takes time to build so results may take a bit. Try to stick to one or two things at a time for atleast a few weeks to see how your improving, and then try new things from there.

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-17-2009, 06:25 AM
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I have the same problem
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-17-2009, 10:32 AM
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I had this issue a while ago. It helps to not use stirrups.

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post #7 of 14 Old 03-19-2009, 05:03 AM
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Yep, no stirrups is the way to go and if you can, riding bareback is even better. Depending on your ability, riding bareback will really help you familiarise with what 'feels' correct in regards to your leg placement. You can then familiarise yourself with how correct feels, for when you're back riding in a saddle. - Goodluck
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-19-2009, 03:04 PM
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I have that same problem. And nobody told me until I watched myself on video a few days ago! Riding without stirrups helps. I think it also depends on the saddle. My legs look a lot better when I'm riding Aussie, but they always slip forward in English. It's weird.
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-19-2009, 04:12 PM
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It could also be your saddle - your saddle could be putting you there. This may be a saddle not meant for your body shape.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-19-2009, 05:43 PM
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When legs slip forward, there is a balance problem. Im not saying that you are a bad rider by any means! Have someone video tape you when you ride and then go home and watch yourself ride. Figure out at which point your legs slip and think about a way that would be easy for you to fix it. If it is a balance problem, work on posting without stirrups. This increases leg strength and your balance. You will be sore, but it helps a lot. I used to do this for 10 minutes straight and Im a barrel racer and now I no longer need the horn to keep myself balanced. I have both hands on the reins at all times when I run. I hope this helps, it worked wonders for me.
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