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        02-07-2009, 06:41 PM
    Went riding today

    My trainer kept yelling at me that I was stiff. Its my first lesson in months. Does anybody know any thing I can help to loosen myself up?
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        02-07-2009, 06:45 PM
    When I am feeling stiff, a few deep breaths always help. I also like to focus on the movement of the horse and forget everything else. Just breath with him and let his movements tell your body how to move. (sounds cheesy, I know) but it works.
        02-07-2009, 06:53 PM
    Well its my legs that get stiff. I guess its because I havent worked them in a while they get stiff on the horse.
        02-07-2009, 08:00 PM
    You can do stretches before your lessons, that is what I do. It helps me to stay relaxed riding when my legs are already warmed up.
        02-07-2009, 09:07 PM
    I sometimes stretch a little before I ride, do shoulder rolls, and try loosen up my body. My instructor used to have me lift up my toes a little, then let down, and rotate my ankles a little, it seemed to help. Some folks drop out of the stirrups for a few minutes too, and let the legs hang. Try a few deep breaths and calm your mind.
        02-08-2009, 11:23 AM
    Definitely do stretches. Strech your arms and your legs and then before you ride, jump up in the air and shake it out like a crazy. You might want to do this in the bathroom though cause it looks rather strange.

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