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post #1 of 3 Old 08-12-2011, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Legs swinging back?

I'm having a horrible time of keeping my heels down and forward when I jump. They always keep swinging forwards and causes me to loose my balance. It doesn't help that I seem to very easily get out of breathe and tired very quickly. I'm a very slight person, 108 lbs and even though I run every single day I always get very tired only 15 minutes or so into the lesson. I have weekly lessons only which I know doesn't help but I can't ride anymore than that because I have drive a long ways to get to my barn. My parents don't want me driving any more than once out there because of gas and such.
Any tips on my swinging legs and lack of endurance? Like I said I run every day for 25 minutes, lift weights, stretches and etc. I can't figure out why I'm getting so out of breathe.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-14-2011, 11:46 AM
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Any chance you're holding your breath when you jump? I get tired easily too. It could be allergies, vitamin deficiency, low iron...pretty much anything. As for the legs, first make sure your stirrups are short enough. If you don't have enough bend in your knee, it's hard to keep you leg on. It's hard to tell without pics, but most of the time a lower leg swings, it's because the rider is pinching with the knees. Take your knees off the saddle and really try to concentrate on hugging the horse with your calves. About 3 strides out, think bear hug. It worked great for me.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-17-2011, 04:51 PM
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i always forget to breathe. make sure you breathe!
also, make sure you are very hydrated before the lesson!
try maybe bumping up the running time once you get comfortable with a certain time. 5 minute intervals or something!
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