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post #1 of 5 Old 10-03-2009, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Stable lower leg!

Hey everyone! I have a quick question about my lower leg but first I wanted to give you a quick update!

As many of you know in July I moved my boy to a quiet little barn and loved it! Sadly, I couldn't get my english lessons, my boy didn't have any buddies with him in his pasture and was quite depressed , and the barn was hit with strangles! eek! Thank goodness my boy made it out 100% healthy, but today we moved to a new barn. All his old buddies from the first barn we were at (yes many of them moved, issue with the trainer) are there, board is 350 a month and provides: polished wood lockers, stall and turnout, 4 washracks, 4 grooming spots with electrical outlet in each one, an outdoor arena (working on indoor), 300 acres of trails to ride on, and a lounge with shower, tv, kitchen, etc. Very much worth the 350! So anyways, I'm very excited and hope everything works out! *fingers crossed*

Now to my question -
I haven't ridden english in about 5-6 weeks, so my lower leg is yuck! I was able to get my heels down good, but my lower leg was quite wiggly and bouncy! Even if I thought about it I couldn't figure out how to get it to stop bouncing. Hopefully there is a quick fix to get it still! Any ideas! Thanks a bunch! =D
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-03-2009, 11:34 PM
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Make sure your weight is in your heels, not your toes. Even with your heels down, it's still possible to keep your weight in your toes, and that makes tight lower legs also.

But it's also probably just that your muscles were weak. Going 5-6 weeks without riding is a huuuuuuuuge change. So maybe work on some calf exercises or go running to strengthen your legs. When I was out of riding for a while, I was running a lot to try to keep my muscles semi-alive for riding, haha.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Oops...maybe I didn't explain that well. I meant that I didn't ride english for five to six weeks, I was riding western and trail riding, but not really to a working point. So yeah, I guess your statement does make sense, my legs are weak. I'm going to try to get to the barn five times a week,emphasis on try! Both me and my horse are out of shape! lol! In my lesson after the flat and warming up, we went to jump and my horse's nostrils were flared like crazy and was like, oh man, I'm going to die! Yeah, we have some goals...
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 10:10 AM
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My advice would be to ride without stirrups! It is the best thing to do to strengthen your leg and become a better balanced rider overall. You can do sitting trot, posting trot, and two-point without stirrups and it will help you tremendously. Also, once you feel comfortable at the trot you can move onto the canter without stirrups. Ever since I started riding without stirrups for about 10-20 minutes each ride I feel much safer on my horse's back. I feel more secure and balanced, and my trainer has noticed too.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah usually the most PAINFUL things work the best lol! I actually find it very comfy to ride without stirrips at the canter, but at the trot someone may as well be ripping my legs off! Oh well, guess it will pay off!
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