Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
There are people who give advice without even knowing why or how. You got great tips from Sandsarita and Sparkles -
Alright - so you know that you've jumped ahed, and you know that your knees are pinched and you know that you lost your lower leg.
But lets ask why exactly???
You have no base of security in your lower leg first and foremost.
Alright - so, firstly, you must allow your heels to do their job, which is anchor you. They must always anchor you into your tack. They stabalize you.
How do you do this? By allow all of your bodies weight to dispurse into your heels - that means that natural weight flow that drops from your upper body, through your seat, through your thighs and down into your heels.
So, because you have no function in your heels, you resorted to another part of your body to give you that false sense of security in your tack - - pinching your knees.
Many do this - so you're not alone. No worried. What you want to do is work on opening those knees up. Meaning, get those knees off of your saddle. Open your knees up, and get your lower leg to your horses girth.
Your legs must remain at that girth - get them stuck there like glue. How do you to this? By re-establishing your body from knees being stuck on your saddle, to opening them and then - putting your inner calf at the side of your horses girth.
Remember, we are not ontop of our horses, we are AROUND our horses. I can get much more in depth with this later on, but I'm in a rush to get to work.
Ok - so - work on LOTS of 2 point. I mean, hours apon hours apon hours. If you trail ride, great - 2 point through it. Open your knees *get them off your saddle* inner calf around girth, and heels taking all your bodies weight.
Sink into your heels. Allow them to do their job.
Also - LOTS, and LOTS of Lunge Line Work with no reins. What does this do? This makes you find your seat ASAP and your lower leg. You will learn to focus on the 2 more important parts of your body, and forces you to not rely on the most commonly reached for....your hands.
You'll learn to establish your seat, you will learn to feel your horse rhythm. You will learn to use your seat to control speed and tempo, and you will learn as to where your lower leg must be to give you that security, while aiding your seat to do it's job.
I hope that helps you out.