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post #31 of 37 Old 12-07-2011, 04:16 PM
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I have very short calf muscles/tendons. Years of walking on my toes...I'm getting more flexible but just not quite there yet. So in order to keep them from riding up I feel like they have to be shoved down. If I just relaxed my foot is parallel to the ground and I can not keep any sort of balance.
I think, perhaps, you should consider taking an adult ballet or tap or hip hop class. The warm ups are classical dance which will stretch your ankles and strengthen them. You will learn to stretch and relax your body and you will stretch your calf muscles. ONLY SERIOUS DANCERS need to avoid schooling horses bc they lose some of their ability to hyperflex their legs but your teacher will not expect this from a beginner. You will be very surpised at how sore and then how fit you'll feel after a class. I know that it will help your riding and I think it will help refresh your riding focus. =D
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thats quite good, but remember in english you grip with your knees, not your calfs. if you grip with your calfs your horse may become dead to the leg. you have a better position and securer seat gripping with your thighs and knees.
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I think, perhaps, you should consider taking an adult ballet or tap or hip hop class. The warm ups are classical dance which will stretch your ankles and strengthen them. You will learn to stretch and relax your body and you will stretch your calf muscles. ONLY SERIOUS DANCERS need to avoid schooling horses bc they lose some of their ability to hyperflex their legs but your teacher will not expect this from a beginner. You will be very surpised at how sore and then how fit you'll feel after a class. I know that it will help your riding and I think it will help refresh your riding focus. =D
Me...dance? That would be like asking Jake to tie a bow....

Lol, its a great suggestion but I don't have the time or money to do anything like that. >.> So I'm stuck doing my at home stretching.


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thats quite good, but remember in english you grip with your knees, not your calfs. if you grip with your calfs your horse may become dead to the leg. you have a better position and securer seat gripping with your thighs and knees.
Thank you for the compliment. But you're not supposed to grip with you knee. It promotes a swinging/unstable lower leg. You're supposed to hold with your calf, I have a death grip, which I need to relax a little. A good horse will know the difference between calf and heel. So not dead to the leg. All decent trainers I have been under have me grip with my calf.


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Thank you for the compliment. But you're not supposed to grip with you knee. It promotes a swinging/unstable lower leg. You're supposed to hold with your calf, I have a death grip, which I need to relax a little. A good horse will know the difference between calf and heel. So not dead to the leg. All decent trainers I have been under have me grip with my calf.
Actually you don't hold with your calf, you should gie a snug hug with your thighs
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Yeah, over in the uk, we are taught to hold with out thighs, and we have to learn to keep our lower legs still, not touching the horse. it gives a secure seat, so if the horse was taken from under you, you would be standing up
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Hmmm interesting. For me, I can not keep my stirrups or balance that well without using my calf. I'll have to look into it.


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