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        12-05-2012, 10:44 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    As a workout : stand on a set of stairs with just the ball of your feet , like you would in the stirrups , then drop your heels down as far as you can without causing pain obviously (this is also a very good strech ) then push yourself up so your heel is above your toe and the step , then back down and up and down ...Etc. Although you don't want to be doing this IN the stirrup , it builds ROCK SOLID calf muscles . And last but certainly not least , work on no stirrup work whenever you can , warm up before your lesson , rides on you own , ANYTHING helps !
    Have fun and KEEP YOUR HEELS DOWN !
         
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        12-08-2012, 01:14 PM
      #12
    Foal
    It does take a lot of practice but comes in useful and is definitely worth it. It's a really good exercise to build your leg strength. When I first started riding my instructor had us do it a lot, it's hard but you will get used to it. Use the horse to help push you out of the saddle it makes it easier. Sit up tall and keep your legs long and heels down, eventually you'll get it
         

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