I've been riding for years but took a two year hiatus for financial reasons. I just started lessons again.
Unfortunately, before my hiatus I suffered from a hip subluxation that has left my hip adducter (the muscles that pull your leg towards your centre line, or in, the muscles you use to squeeze your legs together) really, really weak.
Not only will my heel not go down on that side (feels like it is though
) but I have zero contact power with the horse on that side. My new instructor almost put me on a lunge line when I assured her I could ride a circle the opposite way. When I ride to right (my injured side), I can't stay on the rail, bend or even ride circles (they get smaller and smaller).
Further, I cannot get a good extended anything. Apparently I'm pumping... i get told to use more leg but I have no more leg to give! It was completely exhausting!!!
I feel like if I wore a spore on only the right side, it might help? But the instructor won't even let me have a crop. The only way I can get the horse to move is to kick... which I know is such a beginner thing to do but I really have zero, zero, zero strength in that leg.
I think I'm really coming off as a poor rider.