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    01-13-2010, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by horsea    
Okay so I was taught by 2 very advanced show-jump riders and a classical dressage rider for over 8 years so I believe I am a pretty good rider. I was riding my friend's horse for her (at a different barn; in the double sized indoor arena) and the barn owner was giving a lady a lesson. I was trotting and walking patterns and stuff when she walked over to me and told me I was basically a bad rider! I 'hurt' the horse the way I ride, according to her. She is like ALL NATURAL and she teaches her students with bitless bridles and she does not like using sturrips. She says you heel should come up when you ride so you do not put weight hard on his back. I have always been taught to ride with your heels slightly down.
Can anyone straighten this out for me? I am really confused about this but I do not really believe your heels should come up when you ride. (Her students ride a bit like monkeys, no offence. But they hold the reins with straight arms and their wrists straight down! Ouch!) Thanks for your help!
haha I wouldnt listen she sounds a little odd, she doesnt like using stirrups... for one that makes you bounce on the horses back which is why english riders rise to trot and why western riders have longer stirrups. Putting your heels up toes down puts your weight forward on the horse and you will ride off ballance and of course that will effect the horse too. She sound very weird and tbh I have never heard anything like it.
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    01-13-2010, 04:34 PM
Thank you! I feel so much better! She made me feel like such a bad rider when its just to her that I am bad.
    01-13-2010, 06:09 PM
I bet you are a good rider! No offence to the NH people on here, but I find most NH people I see or hear about to be really odd/nonsensical.
    01-13-2010, 06:32 PM
I'm do nh and I ride with stirrups etc,my instructor doesnt use stirrups that's his choice.i like them make me feel like i'm not going to fall off...lol.......
I just keep my feet straight in them with really no pressure in them,i just know theyre there if I need them,good luck. Didnt sound like you were doing anything wrong...
    01-14-2010, 12:37 PM
I think not using sturrips ever actually can make you a bad rider. If you don't have a strong leg, you become off balance and start to just hang on the horse. I would never allow a lesson student to go without sturrips unless they were intermed/advanced, otherwise it can be dangerous.

I probably would print out some pictures of olypmic riders with their heals down and leave if for her to see somewere.
    01-14-2010, 01:47 PM
Lol thanks! Sillybunny11486: I asked her if its SOOOO much better for you and your horse, why do Olympians ride with their heels down? She said they do not care about their horses back and they all have to do some more training. (I wanted to say: Well if your ideas are so great why aren't you riding in the Olympics?)
    01-14-2010, 02:27 PM
Tehehe. I'm sure they would rather hurt their horses back, then protect that 1,ooo,ooo dollar investment LOL.
    01-14-2010, 02:40 PM
That is EXACTLY what I said to her! She still doesn't believe me! I showed her George Morris, Beezie Madden, and Anky Van Grunsven videos and pictures and she says they are bad riders, too! And now my friend believes her, too. Talk about blind leading blind!
    01-14-2010, 02:41 PM
Some people just shouldn't be able to teach!
    01-14-2010, 03:35 PM
I would tell her to f#ck off and mind her own dam business. Then again im mean like that. Just ignore her and don't take lessons from her =)

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