06-15-2011, 03:08 PM
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As George Morris teaches - Imagine yourself wrapped around your horse, instead of just being ontop.
Allow that image to sink in - wrapped around your horse. What does that mean? That means, your lower leg is, just as the phrase states, wrapped around your horses girth.
In order to do that, you have to make sure your body is doing its job to aid you. First, you have to allow your heels to do their job, which is anchor you into your tack - if they aren't your anchors, you will have no solidity in your tack. Just an an achor keeps a boat in its place, so must your heels.
To do that, you must allow your bodies weight to naturally flow, from your head down into your seat and down into your heels. That weight, cannot flow if you are blocking it through your leg. You must beable to open up your knees and lower leg for that weight to naturally enter into your heels. Once you've established that weight flow, then you can wrap your lower leg around your horses girth.
I have to ensure that my toes are at the correct 40 - 45 degree angle, and that my feet are properly placed in my iron. Where the base is across the balls of my toes, and where the iron is placed at an angle - where the outter bar of the iron is at the top of my pinky toe, and the inner bar is placed at the knuckle of my big toe. That way, my heels can do their job without hinderance.
When my toes are at the correct angle, I find my knees open up where they aren't on the saddle to the point where I can use them. So if I have the inner/back part of my calf on my horses side, I can use my lower leg properly, where I can wrap myself around my horses girth.
When you discover your lower leg, then you can work on balancing yourself over your feet - allowing that weight to enter into your heels. Every upstride your horse makes at the canter, your lower leg can now say "Come up to me".
Work on TONS of two point work. Making sure you are using the correct area of your calf, your irons are placed correctly on your feet, your heels are able to use that weight to anchor you, no gripping or pinching with your knees - and ride as though you are wrapped around your horse, not just ontop.
I hope that helps :)