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    06-29-2009, 01:37 AM
Red face Swingyness....

I just started English riding. I have been riding Western my entire life, and I really need help.

I am beginning to understand that to keep the swingyness of the legs from happening, you must keep all your wait in your heels.

Any other techniques I can try, or will this get better with time?
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    06-29-2009, 01:42 AM
I had a coach once who took a velcro strap and attached the stirrup iron to the girth to be sure my legs stayed in that position.
It helped for sure, haha.
    06-29-2009, 02:35 AM
Heh that's a good idea Carleen. I guess if you hear it rip you'd know.
    06-29-2009, 04:06 AM
I think Carleen's idea is awesome, I'm going to try it myself XD
    06-29-2009, 04:39 PM
It will get better with time, but only with practice. Do a bunch of two point at all gaits. Working without stirrups helps too and it is torture. I need to start doing that more.
    06-29-2009, 07:07 PM
Well, thank you everyone. I will definitely have to try those techniques.

And I have was actually going to start working without stirrups today. :P
    06-29-2009, 07:55 PM
For me the trick isn't actually to think 'heels down' because I have a bad tendency that I share with many others to then push my entire foot and leg forward. I have to think of pushing my heels back towards the horse's back feet. Imagining it like that helped me a lot. Make sure your stirrups are the right length too, if they're too long your legs will wobble like crazy because you're reaching for them rather than resting your feet on them.

I LOVELOVELOVE bareback and stirrupless work! It's great for getting your leg down where it should be and for improving balance so that you don't toss your legs about trying to balance with the stirrups instead of your seat.
    07-09-2009, 09:20 AM
Green Broke
Someone once suggested bailing twine, I tried it it didn't work. But Pumpkinzmybaby22's sister keeps throwing her hands up when she kicks Chinga in her lesson so I've threatened many times to tie her hands to the saddle with bailing twine....hehehe
    07-09-2009, 09:22 AM
The Velcro is an interesting idea... But my horse HATES the sound of Velcro, so maybe check your horse isn't petrified of it first! Haha.

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