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Lexiie 11-13-2012 03:51 PM

Lower Leg Problems ):
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So I love jumping, with a passion and my mare really enjoys it too.

She's a 15.3 hh STB. She weighs 910 lbs and that's not underweight. She's SO narrow.
I don't have the best leg either, but with her, it is SO hard for me to keep my lower leg near the girth.

I've improved some by really putting my heels down and REALLY holding with my thighs, but it still slides behind the girth.
I really want to fix this, but I can't afford to take regular lessons.
I'm putting money toward a few things, her shoes and my lessons. Shoes get more so lessons aren't as often as I'd like.

Does anyone know how I can fix this, a few tips on it?

This is a picture from this summer, I've improved the slightest bit, but not by much. I've also been trying to not throw my hands up her neck because I follow them too much and make her heavier in the front

The second, is on a different horse who has a way wider barrel. It's harder to see, but my leg is much more secure. Not great, but better than on my mare.

Lexiie 11-13-2012 03:52 PM

in the picture of me and my mare, I think my stirrups could have been a bit shorter, also. Correct?

updownrider 11-13-2012 04:22 PM

I agree with you, your stirrups could come up a hole. If you are holding with your thigh as you said, you are also most likely gripping with your knee, which then acts as a pivot. This makes you lose your blance and support; your lower leg slips behind you and your upper body falls forward. You don't want all of your leg contact in your thigh, you want it evenly distributed through your leg, with a relaxed knee and thigh. It will be easier to keep your heels down, ankles flexed and your calf against your horse. Work on this position on the flat, then try it jumping. Good luck.

Lexiie 11-13-2012 04:30 PM

Thanks very much!!

equinegirl26 11-13-2012 08:18 PM

I had the same problem with you, go stirrup less for awhile !
If you don't want to go stirrupless, then shorten your stirrups up a few holes. (:

Lexiie 11-13-2012 08:36 PM

I would love to go stirrupless, but I SUCK at it on my horse, and I can tell my mare doesn't like it when I try to post without stirrups.

I can do a sitting trot with my irons crossed, I was thinking about trying a two point stirrupless also. When I post without stirrups (on her at least, everyone else I can do) she trows her head up and stops because she doesn't like it

Standardbred 11-14-2012 12:14 AM

Firstly, shorten your stirrups a couple of holes.
Try riding with jodhpur clips, tuck your jods into your socks or wear half chaps/gaitors. From the photo, your jodhpurs are riding up your leg which creates a section of bare leg which is uncomfortable and may be making you pinch with your knee to keep your lower leg away from the horse.

Next practice your two point position, sinking down into your heels and keeping your leg forward.
Don't throw your upper body forward so much and sit taller, this should keep your leg back.
Press you hands into her neck just passed the wither for your release.
Try to jump with straight elbows, this will fix your release and keep your back tall.

Think of almost standing up in your stirrups, for this size jump you hardly need to move your bum out of the saddle so keep it closer.

Don't throw yourself forward, think of the horse gently lifting you off the ground. Let your body follow the movement gently. Nothing should be sharp. It should all be flowing and smooth, like a song.

Hopefully this hopes.
Abigail, Riding Coach

Standardbred 11-14-2012 12:16 AM

Also, I forgot to say that You should try to keep your hips BEHIND the pommel of the saddle.

Lexiie 11-14-2012 02:05 PM

I had left my tall boots at home that day, when I ride I almost ALWAYS have my half chaps or tall boots on.

I've been keeping my hands how you said, but keeping my arms straight.. wouldn't that make me in a really odd position??

updownrider 11-14-2012 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by Standardbred (Post 1757085)
Try to jump with straight elbows, this will fix your release and keep your back tall.

Hopefully this hopes.
Abigail, Riding Coach

Standardbred- I hope you meant a straight line from bit to elbow and not straight elbows. Elbows have to bend and should be soft and following.

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