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        07-18-2011, 12:42 PM
    Need help with position!

    Hi! I have a problem and I was wondering if any of you horse experts had any quick tips or not so quick tips for me... I have a bad habit of my legs sticking straight out while riding... How can I fix this bad habit? Is there a quick way to? Thank you soooo much!!
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        07-18-2011, 09:20 PM
    Straight out how? In front? Or to the side?
        07-18-2011, 09:57 PM
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    You in a westrern saddle? Are you bracing into your stirrups? Ever try riding bareback?
        07-19-2011, 12:30 PM
    Chiilaa: straight out

    Tiny: they stick out in all saddles I've tried out I own a western saddle and an english and none help, and yes I ride bareback almost every time I go, they still stick straight out! :(
        07-19-2011, 12:32 PM
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    Photos? It will help in offering tips.
        07-19-2011, 12:35 PM
    I only have the iPad so I can't sorry, but they just stick straight out and the bottom of my foot points out sideways I stead of downwards... Sorry if I'm unclear it's hard to explaine
        07-19-2011, 01:07 PM
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    What I can imagine is that you are locking your knee. Riding bareback you might be locking your knee and then using the entire leg as one solid block for balancing. Not so rare, and better than rounding your legs and gripping like a tick.

    Try really relaxing your leg at the knee until your calf actually falls along the side of the horse's barrel. Stay so soft that you can feel his chest expand and contract as he breathes. Work on feeling and followoing his breathe. If you are stiff, you will not be able to feel it. Best done at a walk.
        07-19-2011, 04:20 PM
    Ok I will try that! Thank you soo much!!

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