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post #1 of 8 Old 06-02-2013, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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legs forward

i was out for a hack on arth yesterday and i came across a lady driving a cart, she was about 80 and she started screaming at me to move my legs forward (i have no idea who she is) but she just sat there giving me a lesson in the middle of the road! hahaha, also arthur went to meet the mare that was pulling her cart and it started rearing up ;s no bbody got hurt so it was ok. but how do i keep my legs forward? ive gotten into the pattern of putting them forward
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-02-2013, 12:49 PM
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Let your legs go where they are relaxed. Some say heels under your hip. I feel most comfortable and balanced with my heels just in front of my belt buckle. I sometimes slide my feet forward because I find it an easy way to relax into the saddle and move with the horse...but once I get in synch with the horse, my heels slide back toward my belt buckle.

Do NOT take lessons from a stranger. Lots of riders don't know squat. Some would tell you I fall in that category. Don't take what I write as gospel either! For general purpose riding, a relaxed leg draped around your horse is pretty hard to beat. It puts you deep in the saddle, and has your legs around the horse for unexpected movement.

This is how I ride. I'm a nobody rider, but it works good for me & my horse. I'd like to get my toes more forward, but that is a work in need of a lot of progress:

My daughter in the background obviously takes a different approach. The saddle she is riding forces your thigh into a certain position. I hate to ride that saddle because of it, but she doesn't mind. Neither does her horse...

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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Have you got a picture of yourself in the saddle? I assume that you're saying indirectly that you have your legs too far back (as the stranger was yelling 'forward') -- that may stem from how you are your balancing in the saddle and/or the way you're fitting in the saddle as well as the type of saddle you're using and length of stirrup. Bsms has got it right by saying relax your legs and they'll go where it's natural for them - from then on it's a question of doing what you need to do to keep them there and that is, in all likelihood, related to what you're doing on top of the saddle.

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i dont have a photo of me riding, but what she way saying was that if the horse was to disapere you should be able to land on your feet and i was reading that on another thread as well. she told me to stand up as i was and i couldnt but i could when i moved my legs back. aslo i must move themm foreword when i do a rising trot? sorry thinking outloud so to speak :)
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Take some lessons, if you want to make a change in your riding style. People who offer unsolicited lessons . . . . shouldn't.

And you should never let you horse go "meet" another, especially one in harness pulling an elderly lady. That's asking for trouble where it is least needed.
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If I hit you in the side with a 2x4? I should be able to get your ear/point of shoulder/point of hip, and heel all with board flat against you lengthwise.

And she is right, you should be able to stand if I erased your horse. When you look down slightly, you should see the tip of your boot just in front of knee.

And while taking advice from strangers may seem odd? It could also be that the woman is well known in horse world too.
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And you should never let you horse go "meet" another, especially one in harness pulling an elderly lady. That's asking for trouble where it is least needed.[/QUOTE]

haha, arthur is very social and i did ask the woman if it was ok first and she didnt seem phased by it, i later found out that she is 82 years old and was born in london and worked with the horses in london before cars!!! how cool is that?!?!?! and i rang her and arranged lessons from her because she seems to know her stuff. although she stopped at the farm (i live on a farm :)) and shouted at me for leaving MY OWN saddle on the floor hahaha, its treeless so it doesnt do it any harm it just gets a bit dirty :L
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Well, it sounds like you found yourself a gem! you listen to here and you might get some really valuable education. Good luck with it all!
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