Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Lower leg in sitting trot?
I have gotten better at the sitting trot over the last few months, and am now pretty much balanced (sometimes I lose it for a few strides, but I wont 'bounce') I had also finally gotten my lower legs under control, but yesterday I rode a new lesson horse, who is very very 'forward' i.e. the slightest touch of my leg makes him go faster and faster and faster.
My issue is, I used to keep my legs quiet by steadying them against the side of the horse. This was ok with our lesson horses last year, since they were all SLOW, and needed a fair amount of kicking to even keep them in a trot. However, with this new horse I couldnt steady my leg against his side since to him that meant 'go faster'. I had a lot of trouble keeping my lower leg from flapping around without this 'anchor point' while sitting the trot. I tried to concentrate on pushing my heels down and putting my weight into my heel, but my leg would still move around.
What could I do to prevent this? The only thing that seemed to work was squeezing with my knee, but that is something I know is bad, and I didnt want to do it for fear of creating a bad habit. Would it help to shorten my stirrups a hole or two? (I take 'jumping' lessons, mostly flatwork for now since im a beginner, but my stirrups are already shorter than they used to be at my old dressage barn). Could the issue just be due to this horse having a much bouncier trot than the other horses I'm used to?
I would appreciate any help and/or tips you guys can give me!!