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    08-19-2010, 09:21 PM
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Foal
Spaghetti noodle legs?

I just had a lesson today and my instructor has recently been telling me to kick the mare I'm riding when she is not listening to me. She tends to be a lazy mare. Well whenever I try I feel like my legs are spaghetti noodles. I can never kick hard enough. Any advice on how to correct this? Should lifting weights with my legs help? I just tend to get tired during a lesson really fast. I guess it doesn't help that I didn't ride the last two weeks.
     
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    08-19-2010, 09:42 PM
  #2
Green Broke
If you really need to kick that hard that you feel your kicks aren't hard enough... I would be trying a crop. You don't want to beat the horse with it, but use it to back up and re-inforce the leg.
     
    08-20-2010, 10:33 AM
  #3
Foal
I don't think my trainer would let me use a crop on her mare. It's not the mare's fault that I somehow have no lower body strength to kick properly. It's so weird that I can't kick. It feels like my legs weigh a lot and I can't pick them up when I'm riding.
     
    08-20-2010, 11:03 AM
  #4
Weanling
I'd have to agree that if the mare is lazy, using a crop to reinforce the leg aids would help her become more responsive to them. Doesn't seem like you should have to kick so much, to me. Good luck!
     
    08-20-2010, 07:41 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by AfleetAlex    
I don't think my trainer would let me use a crop on her mare. It's not the mare's fault that I somehow have no lower body strength to kick properly. It's so weird that I can't kick. It feels like my legs weigh a lot and I can't pick them up when I'm riding.
My point is that you shouldn't need to. You don't actually kick the horse - leg aids should never be that violent.

And to be brutally honest if your trainer's horse was less lazy, then you shouldn't have to use a crop. Plus I would be worried if your trainer doesn't like you to reinforce leg aids with a whip - surely if she is instructing she should know that this is what is needed.

I would talk to your trainer about it, mention that someone had suggested a crop, and see what she says. You don't use it to beat the horse at all, or even to hit it. All you do is ask with the leg, ask with the leg, demand with the leg, then ask with the leg and the crop.
     
    08-20-2010, 11:08 PM
  #6
Foal
She's only telling me to kick her to get her to listen to me then I give the canter cue. I'm not kicking her to go faster, just to get her attention. It works sometimes but near the end of the lesson it didn't because I was getting tired. My instructor isn't anti-crop. She was using a lungeing whip to get her to move out when she was lungeing us. I guess I should have been more clear.
     
    08-21-2010, 03:17 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Ah ok. In that case, use a half halt instead. It balances the horse, and says 'hey listen, I am going to ask you to do something in a second'.
     
    08-23-2010, 12:37 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
Ah ok. In that case, use a half halt instead. It balances the horse, and says 'hey listen, I am going to ask you to do something in a second'.
I agree. You shouldn't need to kick the horse to get it to listen to you. My mare can be lazy at times and I have to cary a whip, espesaly for canter, I ask and if she doesn't go she get a tap, just so she knows that if she doesn't go she gets one. You don't need to beat the horse x
     
    08-23-2010, 08:46 PM
  #9
Weanling
I think I know what you mean. It sounds like you plain and simply need more time in the saddle to build up your leg muscles. Earlier this year, I had no leg strength. Couldn't squeeze worth a darn, couldn't get a horse to drive off my legs. My kicks (when needed) were ineffective because my legs didn't work right. Now, after just spending that time in the saddle that changed. Some leg weights might help, but not as much as saddle time will. If you are wanting off the horse exercises, I actually recommend pilates as a lot of weakness is actually in core strength, which this will help. Also, I like to use an exercise ball between my calves as kinda the horses barrel, get into the proper position, and go back and forth between the different seats to work the muscles.

And for the kicking, I will do the "cowboy kicks" on occasion. I almost never ride with a crop - don't like them, but I will use one if I have to. For the kick, I just think about taking my lower legs off the horse and bringing them down hard on them. Sometimes it's almost like slapping the horses side to almost startle them. If you only have to do one side (canter transition, getting your horse off the leg), then I will completely take my entire leg off the horse (other leg stays on for balance), and bring that leg back on hard. Then I go back to the regular cue. It's like the reinforcement the crop gives, but without needing to carry something extra. Just my two cents worth, and hope it makes sense.
     

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