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post #1 of 21 Old 06-12-2009, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Any advice?

I can't seem to stop squeezing with my knee's when i'm riding, which causes my heels to come up and I often lose my stirrups. This happens particularly when it's a new horse i'm riding but sometimes even when it's not. Any tips on what I could do? It's hard for me because I only take one lesson a week, and they are group lessons so my instructor doesn't really have the time to work one on one with me (i.e. Lunge line) Any tips on what I could try to get my knee to loosen up?
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-12-2009, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Oh also, I'm hoping to enter my first schooling show in August but am quite apprehensive I don't feel like i'm ready.. anyone got any tips,or advice?
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-12-2009, 02:58 PM
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I find group lessons to be very frustrating. I dislike them because the coach cannot spread themselves properly over all the riders to give them the focus and interest that each indavidual rider needs.

Is there any way you can get into Private Lessons? I peronally prefer private because I get the coaches full attention, 1 on 1. Whether it be a full 1 hour or 1/2 hour -regardless, the coach is there fully focused on you.

If not, find a friend who is educated enough to help you out. Do you have access to your horse anytime you want? Or are you on lesson horses that belong to the barn?

Reinless Lunge Line work is very invaluable - you are forced to focus on your seat and your legs. You learn how to use them, you learn to feel where they are. You learn so much and obtain so much by focusing on the more important parts of your body, and not relying so much on your hands.

You can really develop your leg as well. You learn to use them in accordance with your seat, and your seat in accordance with your leg. You are focused to lengthen you leg and sink into your heels - you realize that when you grip your knees, you've now disrupted the natural abillity of your leg to function.

Also, lots of two point work - hours apon hours apon hours of it.

But this is only valuable if you have access to a horse outside of lessons.
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MIEventer nailed it. But if you can't get access to more horse time more trainer time etc... Yoga and Pilates really helped me out. Focus on lower back exercises and leg exercises. Try to get as much flexibilty in your hips/pelvis area as you can. Lots of stretching into your lower legs. That will help you out when you can get on the horse. I did this all during my pregnancy and I didn't seem to lose much tone in my legs while not riding for months and months.
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-12-2009, 07:35 PM
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Try to lengthen your leg down and feel like you are wrapping your leg around your horses barrel with most contact at your calf and your thigh. Anytime you feel yourself pinching with your knee, concentrate on lengthening back down through your leg, stepping down through your heel and wrapping your leg back around. Also, some people tend to pinch with their knee when their upper body is too far forward. Make sure you have your line from your shoulder, to your hip, to your heel at all times.
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-12-2009, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Is there any way you can get into Private Lessons? I peronally prefer private because I get the coaches full attention, 1 on 1. Whether it be a full 1 hour or 1/2 hour -regardless, the coach is there fully focused on you.

If not, find a friend who is educated enough to help you out. Do you have access to your horse anytime you want? Or are you on lesson horses that belong to the barn?
No I can't afford the private lessons, they are 50$ per lesson and my parents are not able to pay that. They can't even pay for group lessons, I had to get myself a part time job to be able to take lessons at all. Also the horses belong to the barn so I have no access to them outside of my lessons unfortunately. Trust me I wish I could afford to do that, but unfortunately it's not possible.
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MIEventer nailed it. But if you can't get access to more horse time more trainer time etc... Yoga and Pilates really helped me out. Focus on lower back exercises and leg exercises. Try to get as much flexibilty in your hips/pelvis area as you can. Lots of stretching into your lower legs. That will help you out when you can get on the horse. I did this all during my pregnancy and I didn't seem to lose much tone in my legs while not riding for months and months.
Thanks! That helps a lot!
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post #8 of 21 Old 06-15-2009, 11:29 AM
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Try work on the lunge line without reins, like was said above. Or just putting your stirrups up a hole. If that just keeps you falling back then put them down immediately. You might just have to work up your calf muscles by trying a lot of two-point work without reins.
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-15-2009, 03:33 PM
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Thanks! That helps a lot!
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-20-2009, 09:35 AM
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I would say try riding without stirupps that helped me a ton!!!!!!! It helps you focus more on squeezing with ur thighs and not so much on ur calfs. Remember put the ball of ur foot in the stirupps
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