Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
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?
Originally Posted by heymckate
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!
Originally Posted by goingnowhere1
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.