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    04-01-2009, 07:20 PM
my legs are like jelly

Right now I'm only able to ride once a week, and beyond that I'm not too active, but I want to be. Because honestly I get on a horse and my legs are like jelly, especially if I get nervous and start shaking. I noticed it most because I'm now riding a very tall horse that requires my leg to be very secure. And my leg just flips and flies when we are trotting or whatever, and I want to develop, tone, and use my leg and muscles for aids and to help me feel secure! Because I don't feel as safe when my legs arent really anchored.

Also, the horse I ride is very responsive. I need a way to secure my leg without applying pressure, the littlest push causes him to speed up.

So, does any one have any exercise tips, or just general hints? Thanks!
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    04-01-2009, 07:23 PM
Stairs and lunges.
    04-01-2009, 07:41 PM
I like to bike, and this seems to keep my legs in good shape. But stairs are great too. Those are easy to do though, if you're in a building use the stairs everytime instead of an elevator.
    04-01-2009, 09:36 PM
Walking lunges, leg lifts, long walks/jogs, and throw in some yoga for good measure... It'll hurt but help
    04-01-2009, 10:02 PM
Besides the exercises, it sounds like you need to relax. Riding is suppose to be fun right? Really work on taking deep breaths and letting your mind go and be one with the horse. When your just at a walk get your brain and body in rhythm with the footfalls of the horse. Its really very relaxing, act like you are taking the steps with your hips and body as the horse steps with his front legs.
This probably makes no sense and won't help you at all but I figured I'd give it a shot
    04-02-2009, 12:10 AM
Keep practicing, go for trail rides if you can to work up your muscle. Also exercise all you can.
    04-02-2009, 09:56 AM
I saw someone mention bike riding. It's very true, if you ride in a "two-point" or "1/2 seat" on a bike.. basically stand up on the pedals with your heels down and ride around like that, as dumb as you may feel, it actually helps tons. I used to ride around on my bike like that pretending I was actually riding and to be honest, it gave me a ton better balance. Also try to learn to ride your bike, pardon the song reference, but with no handlebars. I found that once I could do that, somehow, my seat got much better in the saddle.

Riding in a high gear on a bike up hills really works your calf muscles too.
To sum everything up... I'd recommend riding standing up and sinking your weight in your heels while you pedal 8)
    04-02-2009, 05:46 PM
Definitely the stairs- it will build muscle fast. It really works. :) Keep trying, don't give up. Also I'd look at some exercises that tone your legs, because you want them to be a bit firm (so they aren't like 'jelly'.) In time, they'll be firm.

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