Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I agree with Erika - as my Coach says, if you have a strong lower body, you can ride anything.
Imagine your body as the folds in the center of an accordian. When you close the accordian, what happens to those folds? They close. When you open the accordian, so do the folds.
Imagine your hips, your knees and ankles as those folds in an accordian. Your horse closes those folds. So when your horse comes up to you, you close. When your horse goes down and away from you, you open. Think of it as sinking into your tack.
But, you cannot accomplish this, if your lower leg isn't solidified at the girth. (Heels absorbing bodies weight, ankles soft and flexible, knee's opened, proper placement of foot in iron, proper toe angle allowing proper calf placement on horses side)