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How do you "keep at the trot"?
I won't be sitting on a horse until my next lesson; but I am put on different horses each lesson, and at my last lesson, the horse was very 'springy.' My balance was much more akward because of this; but everytime I try to go around the ring, the horse stops trotting at the corners. This is any horse I am put on, so it is not the horse, it is me. My instructor tells me to give a leg aid while I am posting but how you do that without losing balance I haven't a clue. How do you do it without your foot slipping out of the stirrups?
I know it may take time. (unless I buy more lessons-thats $45 for half hour) and I have three lessons left.
It takes strength. Drop your stirrups for a few minutes every ride at whatever gaits you're comfortable with. This does wonders for your thighs. Also do exercises to work on your core strength, as this will help your balance tremendously.
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I think it may be that your stirrups are too low or you're posting incorrectly and gripping somewhere - your feet shouldn't be coming out of the stirrups when you post.
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When I taught lessons the people that were the most fit made the quickest progress. If you do NOTHING else you need to strengthen your leg muscles. Walking and running alone will not help you ride better. Here is a recent thread I started:
I'd guess that you're gripping hard with the back of your legs to try to keep your balance, then going tense and that's causing you to lose contact with the stirrup
Riding without stirrups will help you deepen your seat and drop your heels when you get them back. Try to relax and when the horse stops instead of worrying about posting do a sitting trot for a few strides as you push him forward then go back into posting
Also as you post up, you can *bump* the horse with the inside of your leg to ask it to speed up slightly just before the corners.
Like others have said, your leg/heel position is probably the cause of you losing your stirrups.
I have been gripping the horse with my calf muscles and rising. I don't think that is how you do it, and that is probably why my feet keep slipping out of the stirrups. Probably why I can't keep the horse going.
this video tells me otherwise
So I should be gripping with my knee, not my calves?
No, don't grip with your knees. Grip with all of your inner thighs.
Its just a thought, you are getting a lot of good advice about your posting. About the problem of you horse stoping at the turns. I don't know how new of a rider you are but, I see kids were I work that have this same problem. I think, if its only on the turns then there is a chance you are thinking to much about the turn and losing the need to keep your speed up. Try thinking about the turn sooner think about what you need to do to get your horse though the turn at about half way between the turn you just left and the up coming turn. That way once you are to the turn you have already prepaired for it and you mind is free'er to work on controling your horse in the turn. Just a thought.
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