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        07-19-2009, 08:28 PM
    What can I do?

    I want to help myself get a more secure seat while jumping. I am not sure how to keep my leg from sliding back.

    Most people say do no stirrup work, the only problem is that I can't and I mean CAN'T sit my horses trot and I can't post without stirrups so I that makes it really hard to do no stirrup work. I can canter and jump him small with no stirrups, I just can't trot him. When we try to do a bunch of flat work with no stirrups I end up frustrated with myself and then it just ruins my self esteem and the tiny amount of confidence I have D:

    I need other options and ideas on what to do. Also what are some exercises I should do at home to improve my riding?

    Please help me out :D
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        07-19-2009, 08:37 PM
    LOTS of two pointing, like 20 minutes of it.
        07-19-2009, 09:27 PM
    Originally Posted by NordicJuniper    
    Most people say do no stirrup work, the only problem is that I can't and I mean CAN'T sit my horses trot and I can't post without stirrups
    Keep working at it until you can. It's part of learning to ride well.
        07-19-2009, 09:37 PM
    Green Broke
    Trot sets while in two point the whole time. That really builds up leg muscle
        07-19-2009, 10:10 PM
    I might chime in too! I tend to let my heel come up and my leg slide back a little when in the air... I do a fair bit of no stirrup work and have a solid two-piint, I just can't seem to maintain my leg over the jump!
        07-19-2009, 11:03 PM
    Two point is great! And just because you can't ride without stirrups doesn't mean you shouldn't make that a goal of yours! Start small. Don't expect to be able to go a whole ride without stirrups your first time. Start off with a specific limit on it- five minutes, two laps, whatever you want. Make it doable. The more you work at it, the easier it will get. You also might want to consider working out, perhaps running, biking, using an elliptical, whatever works for you. Gaining leg strength is important.
    Also, when jumping, really focus on keeping your weight in your heels. Often, when people find that their legs slip back, they're putting their weight ahead of the horse. Make sure to hold with your whole leg, and don't pinch with your knee.
        07-19-2009, 11:08 PM
    I agree with the above, but something that my trainer used to tell me to do was open my knee some (puts your calf on more and prevents swinging), its not the best way but it helped me so maybe consider it. Just keep in mind that you don't want to keep your knee that way, after a while once you get the hang of it gradually close your leg until it gets back to the correct position. Hope this helps =]
        07-19-2009, 11:29 PM
    I just posted this to someone else with the same problem:

    Start by standing straight with your feet close together shoulders back.
    Bend both legs so that you are standing with your legs bent as you would while riding a horse.
    Lift your left leg approx 1" off the floor.
    Bend forward at the waist while maintaining the position of your right leg.
    You will notice that your left leg will naturally stretch back to aid in maintaining balance.

    Now repeat the same exersize but this time, push your bum back, your lower back down and push your shoulders back and together.
    You should feel a major change in balance compared to #1.

    Lastly, do this (minus the leg lifting bit) on the flat, and then once you feel comfortable, while jumping.
        07-21-2009, 09:24 PM
    Try posting with just one foot out of the stirrup. Preferrably take your stronger leg out so the weaker one has to compensate. It's harder than having both out and produces quick results.
        07-27-2009, 08:16 PM
    Try to remember to push your heels down, helps keep your leg stronger in position :)

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