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post #11 of 14 Old 03-21-2009, 09:39 PM
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I had the opposite problem... my legs always want to go too far BACK

My instructor would have me stand in the saddle allot, for instance standing for three beats at the trot, or "posting" at the canter, or seeing how many strides I could remain standing at the canter. It REALLY helped with my position and balance, the better it got, the easier it was to remain standing and balanced. I saw major improvement. I'm not sure if this would work for having your legs too far forward, but if it is balance issue... well it certainly helped my balance!

I also agree with what everyone said about building up muscles by not using stirrups. :)

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-21-2009, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by kathryn View Post
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?
Ride without stirrups or bareback with your toes pointed up. Have someone watch you and yell at you whenever your legs go back or toes go down. Do lots of walking and trotting, and if you can, canter too. Do patterns and transitions, to help improve your balance and muscle.

Use an exercise bike or bicycle, making sure the seat is a bit high and your heels are down.

Walk your neighborhood or on a treadmill. For 10 steps every few minutes, let your legs go back as far as they can, until you can really feel a stretch at your upper thigh/pelvis area, before bringing your leg forward again. Shoulders up and back, lower back relaxed (NOT arched), and don't over-stretch. You want to just feel it.

When you're in the saddle with stirrups, do NOT brace your leg against the stirrup. You want to relax your heel straight down. Picture your legs like deep tree roots, reaching down to the dirt. Another visualization is thinking about your legs being filled with ice cream and it melting and dripping straight down the back of your heel. Feel your leg weight relax, relax, relax straight down through your heel. Feel your hip open up, so your leg hangs straight down from your pelvis.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-29-2009, 10:59 PM
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If you have someone to lounge you this will help..also when your warming up drop you legs out of your stirrups and stretch your leges down make circles with you feet...and pull your leg back from the hip not your legs were really bad for a while and i developed a bad chair seat i did alot of work with out stirrups and worked on relaxing my leg and not gripping sitting trot work helped to and also i worked on my upper body making sure i was sitting up nice and I get lots of compliments on my lower leg it makes you feel good when you can work through your problems be patient it will come let us know how your doing and lose those stirrups for a few weeks! And believe me I feel your pain!
ps I almost forgot make sure your stirrups arent too short i exagerated my stirrup length and droped them a hole or too and when i put them back to where they should be it was ALOT easier to keep my lower leg where it belonged! My trainer tortured me for weeks with this and it was really hard at first but it helped me open my hips and pull my leg back from there and that is where your problem most likely originates from
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-01-2009, 06:16 PM
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well it could help to practice riding bareback, or wrapping your legs around the horse, getting a really good feel. practice using your leg is a more primary aid. and try different stirrup lengths, or ride with no stirrups at all!
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