Beginner who needs advice

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

Beginner who needs advice

This is a discussion on Beginner who needs advice within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

Like Tree21Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-30-2012, 08:11 PM
Beginner who needs advice

I am new to this forum and site. I have started taking lessons after 25 years of a bad experience and did not get back in the saddle. I am on my 3rd lesson and I am having trouble with the heel down and spastic with the reins. Any suggestions. I really hope I get it soon.
Sponsored Links
    09-30-2012, 08:42 PM
I've found that for beginning adult riders, getting your heels down is one of the hardest things to get used to. It's just not a natural position for your leg, especially when you're working not to let your lower leg get too far forward. This is not something that comes right away and is so common so do not feel bad! This is something that will definitely come in time. In the meantime, it may be helpful to work on stretching your calves on a step multiple times a day while slightly bending your knees almost like you were riding.

As far as your hands, once you become more balanced, your hands will definitely steady. Concentrate on letting your weight sink into your heels and relaxing your arms as you ride.

Work on the longe line is incredible for helping with balance and really letting you work on your position without having to worry about controlling your horse.

Rest assured that it will get easier as you keep up with your lessons!
    10-01-2012, 12:19 AM
I also am getting back into ridding after a while. I have been back in the saddle fairly regular for about the 2 months. What I found works for me, is not to put your foot all the way in the stirrups. I do not go past the ball of my foot. I only wear western boots too, but that's all I wear any way
lhamilton22 likes this.
    10-01-2012, 06:54 AM
Thanks. I will try the stair lifts. It is harder than I thought it would be, but I am determined to get it and enjoy it
    10-01-2012, 09:46 AM
Welcome & Congrats on getting back into riding. There are several of us that are getting back into riding after a period of time off. The stair/streching is a wonderful idea. Have fun, relax & as my instructor is always telling me "BREATH"!
    10-01-2012, 09:57 AM
Super Moderator
Relax. I have taught people who were so tense I could have snapped their joints!!!
Ask your instructor if someone could lead you on the horse, take your feet out of the stirrups, rest your hands on your knees and let yourself go 'floppy' and sink into the horse rather than 'perch on top of it'
When you feel the tension go put your feet back into the stirrups - just on the ball of your foot and work with your arms outstretched for a while. Ideally people should learn to stay balanced at the trot without reins before they are allowed to hold the reins at all.
lhamilton22 likes this.
    10-03-2012, 12:56 AM
I am teaching a student who is riding after 14 years out of the saddle, and recovered from a knee injury about a year ago. We are taking it slow and keeping it fun. My suggestion is to listen to your instructor and give yourself some credit! Try not to be hard on yourself and understand that it will take time! Everyone has trouble keeping their heels down and is spastic with the reins on their 3rd lesson, so keep your chin up, listen to your instructor, and have fun with it :)
    10-03-2012, 01:16 AM
I totally agree with Tessa; everyone is spastic with the reins when they only have three lesson under their belt. Learning as an adult is a whole 'nother ball game from learning as a child. Be patient and focus on what you are gaining on.
Tessa7707 and lhamilton22 like this.
    10-03-2012, 01:21 AM
I wouldn't worry much about 'heel down' at this stage. With time, as you limber up with riding, your heel can come down. But I started at 50, and there was no way my heel was going down at the start.

Most folks try to get the heel down by pushing with their leg, which causes tension and stiffness in the leg and thigh and makes you bounce more. A relaxed leg that allows the weight to go uninterrupted to the heel is far more important than "heels down'. Instead of thinking 'heel down', I suggest concentrating on 'knee not gripping' and 'relaxed leg'.

Are you riding western or English?
    10-03-2012, 01:33 AM
Might sound funny but I have been on and off with riding due to life events as well. Think "toes up" instead of "heels down" . Don't know why but this worked for me and have seen it work for others. Kinda thinking outside the box takes the pressure off? Worth a try

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Beginner wanting to start lessons soon, would love advice! alianne Horse Riding 7 09-24-2012 11:47 PM
Beginner's bit*** need advice pokeymama Horse Tack and Equipment 6 12-30-2011 06:39 PM
Beginner Advice luckstruck13 Barrel Racing 5 12-23-2011 09:46 AM
Beginner bit? Bearkiller Horse Tack and Equipment 15 08-14-2011 02:21 PM
Beginner's Advice ShinaKonga Horse Talk 4 12-30-2010 06:31 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:50 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0