Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I know how you feel! Heck, even when you are riding and don't remain diligent on keeping your muscle memory, it's hard to maintain it. Great way to know how out of shape one really is...lol. Pretty sad eh?
Anyways, lots of stirrupless work - if you can do that on your green OTTB. If not, can you get access to a reliable mount where you can build yourself back up? If not, no worries! You can also have a friend put you on a lunge line, with no reins.
By you riding with no reins, you quickly find your seat, and your legs. You learn to not rely on your hands to ride, but instead you learn to rely on your seat and your legs - which in turn, you train your muscles as to where they need to be, and what to do.
Be careful to not learn to grip :)
Also, you can do alot of 2 point work - solidifying your lower leg at the girth *toes just reaching the girth* make sure when you are doing this, if you look down and can see your toes, your lower leg is too far foward....anyways...opening your knees, inner calf wrapped around your horses girth and your heels absorbing all of your bodies weight.
You can also do work out of the saddle.
Stand with your legs shoulders apart, and close your knee angle while tightening your core and closing your hip angle *as though you are going over a fence* pushing your seat back like you would towards the cantle of the saddle. Hold it, and then release it.