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post #1 of 4 Old 11-06-2013, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow Technique help

Okay so I'm a little confused. I was told when riding to keep my knees pressing firmly around the saddle, which basically wears me out, but now I have read in articles to keep your legs relaxed and not squeezing?
Any help here please?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-06-2013, 08:13 AM
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Okay so I'm a little confused. I was told when riding to keep my knees pressing firmly around the saddle, which basically wears me out, but now I have read in articles to keep your legs relaxed and not squeezing?
Any help here please?
At first I was taught also to squeeze with my knees all the time to stay on, to kick with my heels to get the horse to move, and to pull either reign to get the horse to turn.

The I learnt better. We do not squeeze our legs all the time, but stay relaxed and let our body move with the horse, even in posting trot and 2 point. As well as of course I learnt that horses respond better with less pressure, different ways of leading them in the direction you want. Now I only squeeze my knees in the saddle when I am asking the horse to slow down, if he does not understand it as I ask for a stop.
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Learn to ride with your legs relaxed and to squeeze when you need to. I have seen riders get on horses that are not ridden with squeezed legs all the time and there has been some undesirable responses. It is better for you as well. More relaxing.
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Thanks for clearing that up for me!
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