Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Hmmm - I would have to see video footage to see what it is that is going on, but I am going to say that it is possible you are not using your body efficiantly while in the saddle.
We all know about gravity. What goes up, must come down. So, lets put that into you being in the saddle. When you are in the saddle, that gravity must beable to occur naturally and efficiantly. The weight must be allowed to flow from your head, down to your shoulders, to your core, to your seat, to your legs, and lastly into your heels. It must occur for you to be solid in your tack.
The moment you block that flow from occuring - you get what you are encountering. So, if you are tense in your seat, your thighs, your knees - if you are gripping or pinching somewhere...you are blocking that flow from occuring.
Your heels, must always be your anchor. They must, must, must beable to do their job. When your heels are able to absorb your bodies weight, they are doing their job, but they cannot the moment you block that natural weight flow from happening.
So, close your eyes, and try to think of how you are while you are in your tack. There is something going, that you are doing, to cause you to loose your irons. My suspicion is you are not allowing your bodies weight to flow from your head into your heels.
When you sit in your saddle, open everything up, allow your seat to really be in your saddle, feel it, and allow that weight to flow down into your heels. Allow your legs to stretch, and heels to deepen. No gripping, no pinching, no tensing - allow that flow to occur.