Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar View Post
I feel the same way when I get recorded,like really? Lol
I think you have a good start, your shoulders are back for the most part and your looking up. Two very good thing to support and balance your body when riding.
Things I see that could really help you:
Shorten those stirrups a bit. You want a good shoulder, hip to heel line. With shorter stirrups you can work on keeping a quieter lower leg and ot grip with your knees. When you shorten those stirrups work on putting the weight of your body down into your heels, then will help a ton but it takes time to build up that strength in your lower leg, you should work on getting up out of the saddle, dropping that weight intoyourheels, toes forward. This will create a string solid lower body support.
Exercises to help with getting strong with your lower leg position:
When your at home find a step and stand on the edge of the step, make sure your holding on to the wall in case you loose your balance (also best toxoid inyourriding boots but regular shoes will be fine too. Practice putting your heels down while keeping a slight bend in your knees. Stretch down for 10 seconds and back up to rest then back down, do it inshore reps a couple-few times a day if you can and when your feel like you can Goldie longer addon a few more seconds at a time. This will help build a strong blance from hip to heel. You can also do this on your adorable horse :) make sure your booty is up out of the saddle and just slit at the walk for a few strides then sit a few and go back up. The longer you hold this the stronger your lower leg will get and your get a good base support from your heels.
Remeber when doing this ON the horse to look up,keep that chest open (like you have a million dollar bra or a necklace that lays on your chest on) sounds silly but it works. At this point if you need to hold your self up for short periods of time with your hands on your horses neck that totally fine,just practice with hands off for short times too, this will start to really build your core tummy and back muscles up that you will be needing!
As for your hands, when your widen and drop them you are actually confining your horse and he/she will brace against you. Usually when you see people lowering their hands down and wide its to help teach and get a stretch in walk or trot but the contact is light and not in a bracing matter,more inviting them tolifttheir tummy, use their back,step up and under through there hind end all while the regulating the power though the rythem in their seat and hips not through the reins.
So instead think hands together in front of the saddle, thumbs up and holding the reins.
Things that help me with this: arm swings and shoulder rolls, deep breaths while centering my head over my shoulders allowing them to realxe back and down. Elbows at your side your in front by a very small amount. When you do this you may find your reins feels long, keep a good steady, not firm but steady like your holding a small child's hand crossing a street. There should be no slack or looping through the reins, remember hands down together and in front! Hehe it's all very tricky to put and keep your body together! Iv been riding for 18+ years, worked with awesome trainers and horses but its still hard for me to keep it all up and together, sodont be discouraged, takes time and paitinace so keep up the good work, keep getting video of your riding and post it and I'm sure you will be improving!
For a self taught rider yours ing a darn awesome job!
I could go on and on with helpful tips and advice but I don't want to overwhelm you! Let me know if you want more!
Can't wait to see more pictures and video!
First of all thank you so
much. That was a extremely
helpful post. Thank you over again and again.
Stirrups: Oh yes, I always feel uncomfortable when they are shorter, so I tend to have them to longer... Like, below my ankle bone when I head its supposed to be at your ankle bone... Ill shorten them though, for sure. I was defiantly noticing how my lower leg seems to be swinging around. It just seems when my stirrups are a few holes (1-2 holes) shorter, that I feel as if Im tipping forward... maybe because my lower leg isnt stable enough yet? Or... ?
I will be doing those exercises, on the horse, and off of him aswell. I think that having a stable lower leg would be quite a massive benefit :)
Hmm... I suppose thats the idea I was thinking that widening and lowering your arms did, make them lift their back, and use their hind, creating a naturally lowered head set, yes?
Thank you very much! How encouraging! And, that wasnt overwhelming at all. It was very much appreciated. If you would, I would love more advice and tips. Thank you so very much! I'll try to get another video of riding sometime this week to see how well I put the words in action ;)