Join Date: May 2011
Location: In your closet.
Your supposed to have a relatively quiet leg, without your leg flying all over the place, you sink your heels down down down and that alone will help your leg to stay still. You really only grip with your calves if your on horses that need constant leg pressure to keep them moving, and actually not even then that often. But do not grip with your knees no matter what. It leaves you with a loose dangling leg, it throws your balance off, and makes it hard to give the horses leg aids, and when it comes time to jumping, it will be a absolute disaster. I would say most of your problem is your not sinking your heels down far enough. As far as keeping the horse going around a corner - When rising up at each up post you just remind your horse to keep moving by bumping him. If your heels are down, and your not gripping with your calves or knees, bumping the horse around the corner will not cause you too loose your stirrups. You really dont grip at all per say, you simply sink your weight in your heels and remain in a balanced position, with no calve or knee gripping
E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...