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post #1 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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I want to know your secrets and tips..

for rising to the trot without using stirrups. After realizing that I push off from my stirrups, I took my feet out and gave it a go. I found out that after rising trot a couple laps on each diagonal, my thighs burn like hell! Now I'm more than determined and I need to be able to do this. Does anyone want to share their tips and secrets? I can only ride once a week, so I'm also open to any at home exercises too.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 10:06 AM
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Stretch your legs down and let the horse's momentum bring you up, and gravity bring you down.

And yes your thighs will burn :P That is a good thing haha

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post #3 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 10:24 AM
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Really wrap your legs around your horse, and like Sky said, let the momentum push you up. But try not to squeeze with your knees. Needs to be legs.

It's hard. Very, very hard. But it will get easier the more you do it, both with and without stirrups.

For at home exercises, basically anything that helps strengthen your legs and butt. I find I ride better when I run more, for instance. Squats, lunges, etc. never hurt either.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 11:10 AM
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Yes, your thighs should burn! It wouldn't be exercise if they didn't!
Practice without stirrups and bareback. This will help you get those thigh muscles.
Also, this is especially easy on big movers, let their bounce post you. This also helps if you like to get ahead of them.
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Stretch your legs down and let the horse's momentum bring you up, and gravity bring you down.

And yes your thighs will burn :P That is a good thing haha
Haha Easier said then done! Do you think it would be easier with the saddle or bareback?

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Really wrap your legs around your horse, and like Sky said, let the momentum push you up. But try not to squeeze with your knees. Needs to be legs.

It's hard. Very, very hard. But it will get easier the more you do it, both with and without stirrups.

For at home exercises, basically anything that helps strengthen your legs and butt. I find I ride better when I run more, for instance. Squats, lunges, etc. never hurt either.
When you say wrap your legs around the horse but don't squeeze with your knees, should I be squeezing with my thighs still? And I really hope you're right when you say it gets easier!

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Yes, your thighs should burn! It wouldn't be exercise if they didn't!
Practice without stirrups and bareback. This will help you get those thigh muscles.
Also, this is especially easy on big movers, let their bounce post you. This also helps if you like to get ahead of them.
I never thought riding a horse was going to be so hard. LOL Boy I was wrong. My thighs still hurt and I have bruises for proof! I'll ask my trainer if I can ride bareback next ride.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 03:37 PM
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Haha! Yup it is hard and it burns but it will make you a much better rider! If you can only ride once a week, you definitely need to supplement with some squats, leg lifts, etc. Just think, if you were training for a marathon, you probably wouldn't build up much endurance if you only ran one day a week.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 04:29 PM
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Next Two Point with no stirrups! That is FUN!

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post #8 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 10:01 PM
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Ride on handed if you can. It always makes me more balanced. Maybe, when you first start, you can try going at a sitting trot until you can move a little more. Good luck on your quest for stirrupless trotting excellence. ;)
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post #9 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 11:13 PM
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for rising to the trot without using stirrups. After realizing that I push off from my stirrups, I took my feet out and gave it a go. I found out that after rising trot a couple laps on each diagonal, my thighs burn like hell! Now I'm more than determined and I need to be able to do this. Does anyone want to share their tips and secrets? I can only ride once a week, so I'm also open to any at home exercises too.
I work out my lower body stretches every morning before I ever get out of bed. I want my joints and muscles loosened. I try to keep my muscles soft when I'm in the saddle but with an upright posture. My legs betray me sometimes. My latest trick is reaching down with my legs...like you might stretch up your hands to touch the sky, stretching down my thighs to touch the ground works for me because it wraps my thighs around my horses middle more solidly. We do a lot of out of stirrup work and that's helping too. We're gaining momentum and a smoother gait. And it's helping with my leg and foot work.

My body hurts though after a lesson but it's good hurt. (thats what I tell myself) (good hurt)

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I thought you wanted my secrets and tips, and I was going to say,
"You can't have them!" and feel really cute and smug about it.

But, then I read the rest of your post and realized , "I better pay attention. I can't post without stirrups worth beans!"
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