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post #1 of 4 Old 01-27-2011, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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How do I correct my posture while riding

Hi could someone help me with a problem I have, when I ride in the trot my left heal is always up and I can't keep my heal down and still.Its beginning to get me frustrated as in try so hard to hold it still and balance my weight evenly to help the heal stay down BUt it wont work,Whats wrong with me.. I had my horse teeth done today ,he said that they were so sharp.. Im hoping it will help with her listening to me when I ask for circles as she hates doing them.. I know she is alittle unbalanced too.. How long do you think I should ride my horse for each ride when it comes to training her for basic dressage tests as I don't want to make her sour,, Thanks Carinna
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-27-2011, 09:21 AM
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Hi could someone help me with a problem I have, when I ride in the trot my left heal is always up and I can't keep my heal down and still.Its beginning to get me frustrated as in try so hard to hold it still and balance my weight evenly to help the heal stay down BUt it wont work,Whats wrong with me.. I had my horse teeth done today ,he said that they were so sharp.. Im hoping it will help with her listening to me when I ask for circles as she hates doing them.. I know she is alittle unbalanced too.. How long do you think I should ride my horse for each ride when it comes to training her for basic dressage tests as I don't want to make her sour,, Thanks Carinna
You may not have your stirrup leathers the same length. The left stirrup leather could be a hole or maybe two to long. You also might try doing some hamstring exercises to strenghten them. Having your horse's teeth floated may help a lot with her being moe responsive to what you ask her to do. How old is your horse and have you had any help with your Dressage training? Don't concentrate any one specific training step, but mix up all the movements of Dressage in one session. The time spent in training sessions depends on how well your horse is conditioned and how much training she already has.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-28-2011, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hi my horse is riding nearly everyday she is 10yrs old..No I havent had any training for dressageIm just learning the basic A test,my first attempt. Hamstring exercises sounds interesting I will look into that ,,My horse was amazing at listening to me when I rode the next day after her teeth got done I was really impresses it helped her so much with cornering. Thanks for your advice..Carinna
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experiment by riding with one leg out of the stirrup. Try the leg with heel that won't stay down being the one hanging out of the stirrup and then the other.
Usually when heel comes up it's because you are gripping with the knee or upper calf. Your weight stops at that point, instead of flowing all the way down through your heel.
Try the above exersize and see what you feel.
Also, when you trot and are posting,as you will for test A, think, really visualize, your heel tying to reach down and meet your horse's back feet, where they are hitting the ground directly under the horse. So you both are "hitting the ground" directly under his belly.
Be sure to freshen your horse out on the trails from time to time.
When you are trail riding, work on correct halts and free walks. You get a lot of points for that!
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