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post #1 of 6 Old 08-03-2013, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hi so I had my third riding lesson today and my instructor was riding me (haha) about keeping my heels down. We shortened my stirrups and that seemed to help....my right foot.

I seem to be able to keep my right leg/foot in a proper position: heel down, balls of foot on iron, calf keeping an (almost) solid connection, but my left foot loves to pop out of the stirrup and my calf/leg is all over the place.

So I was just wondering if there are any exercises I can do to help strengthen my leg muscles and loosen my ankle up? My leg positioning is def effecting my posting which I'm finding difficult to do right now. Oh, and apparently I stand up a little too high when I post.

ALSO I was wondering if full seat breeches would be at all beneficial to me at this point in my riding? I own a pair of Kerrits knee patch tights and since I'm new to riding I honestly have no idea what they're supposed to help with

Oh and would half chaps help too?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-03-2013, 09:40 PM
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The type of breeches etc aren't going to help..your issue here is basic balance. You are simply putting more weight in your right iron than in your left which isn't too uncommon in beginner riders. Lunge lessons without irons would be a good way to help. In essence you need to center yourself in the saddle without putting more weight to one side or the other.

As for posting too high, again, beginning rider issue :). You are posting from your feet, using your feet to push up into the post. For now get used to the motion, the lower rise will follow as you get the rhythm. The actual motion should be more of a sweeping motion back to front using your hips and you use your calf to supply the push vice your foot and the iron. Again, this is all balance related.
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So you're crooked. just like all of us - welcome to the club! Yoga is really good for riding. Granted, I don't like yoga....but it is very helpful. Also Pilates -or so I'm told LOL

Roll your ankles every chance you get - backwards and forwards, round and round. Also, step up on any step (or rock, curb, etc) on the balls of your feet and bounce gently for 10 reps, then slowly allow your heels to sink down as far as they can. Its easy to do a bunch of times a day, and you'll see a huge improvement in your ankle flexibility.

I think half chaps would be a great help. They allow for grip and flexibility. Full seats not necessary right now.
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As for posting too high, again, beginning rider issue :). You are posting from your feet, using your feet to push up into the post. For now get used to the motion, the lower rise will follow as you get the rhythm. The actual motion should be more of a sweeping motion back to front using your hips and you use your calf to supply the push vice your foot and the iron. Again, this is all balance related.
Thank you so much! Thats really helpful I can totally visual that
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Roll your ankles every chance you get - backwards and forwards, round and round. Also, step up on any step (or rock, curb, etc) on the balls of your feet and bounce gently for 10 reps, then slowly allow your heels to sink down as far as they can. Its easy to do a bunch of times a day, and you'll see a huge improvement in your ankle flexibility.

I think half chaps would be a great help. They allow for grip and flexibility. Full seats not necessary right now.
Those exercises sound like theyll really help thank you so much!
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I've been having the same problem - except I seem to lose my outside stirrup regardless of which direction. I've found that lots of work without stirrups even just walking to start off helps me find my center better and sit in the saddle correctly. I realized that mentally I was thinking that my stirrups were going to stop me from falling off (which they werent) and once I took the stirrups away and sat properly my balance improved immediately. Also make sure you are using your core muscles to keep your upper body strong.

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