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        01-08-2014, 02:23 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Riding in two point a lot at all the gaits will really help your legs become your base of support, focus on keeping your heels in line with your hips and shoulders and sinking your weight down through your heels. In two point if your leg comes too far forward or back you will get off balance and tip so it is a great exercise for teaching your where your leg should be and building those proper muscles.
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        01-09-2014, 12:28 AM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by LynnF    
    Riding in two point a lot at all the gaits will really help your legs become your base of support, focus on keeping your heels in line with your hips and shoulders and sinking your weight down through your heels. In two point if your leg comes too far forward or back you will get off balance and tip so it is a great exercise for teaching your where your leg should be and building those proper muscles.
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        01-09-2014, 09:26 AM
      #13
    Foal
    No stirrups, no stirrups, no stirrups....cross train to strengthen core!
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        01-09-2014, 10:17 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    The above two suggestions are great: no stirrup work and two point at all gaits is great for strengthening the leg.
    Aside from that, really focus in sinking down into your heel. That will help it stop moving around.
         
        01-10-2014, 08:15 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Thanks!
         
        01-11-2014, 09:31 AM
      #16
    Super Moderator
    Several things hit me.
    First you look as if you are riding way to short, secondly you are relying on your stirrups and thirdly I do not think you have ever been taught the importance of your seat.

    I agree with lots of no stirrup work. You need to learn to brace your back, am excellent book on this is Riding Logic, Wilhelm Museler, a brilliant book with lots of exercise to practise at home.

    When you get on the horse try putting you hand under your thigh from behind and pulling the flesh to the back, this puts your thigh flat against the saddle and knee forward so it is easier to keep your lower leg flat against he horse's barrel.
         

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