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post #1 of 7 Old 06-15-2011, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Frustrating leg slippage

So I've been jumping for a couple years now but I can't seem to get my leg to stay in place. When I'm going through a grid my position is fine but as soon as I start doing a course my leg slips. I don't consciously do anything different. Any suggestions on keeping my leg in place over jumps? Any flat exercises that could help?
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Do not pinch with your knee. Keep your heels down with your weight in them.
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Do not pinch with your knee. Keep your heels down with your weight in them.
I don't think I pinch with my knees and my heels are down. Well they are down before and after the jump but right at the apex they are horizontal
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I would guess (can only guess with out any pictures) that you are not keeping your lower leg on your horse which means you are either gripping with your knee or you are not gripping at all.

You might also be jumping ahead. When you throw your body up your horses neck you tend to throw your leg back.
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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 :)

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If your lower leg is slipping then you have no contact between your calf and horse. (which also means that you stop giving leg) This is very dangerous when you're jumping. Horses are always looking for encouragment from their riders, if you take your leg off the horse, that could be the difference in having a rail down and clearing the fence. It could also be the difference between jumping and a refusal, or staying on and falling off. If I were you, I would make a conscious effort that I can feel my horses belly at all times over a fence.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-17-2011, 01:06 PM
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Have you ever tried this...

Dover Saddlery | Pharmaka Sporty Sit-Tite Spray .

My sister has the problem of keeping her legs in place, not because her legs arent strong enough, but because she has short legs and the horse she rides is big a very powerful over the jumps.

The spray helps stick your legs in place.

Also, a lot of 2-point work helps too.
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