Wobbly leg help
I have really loose legs. My right one particullary is really weak. Before you give the normal "two point, stirrupless work" suggestions, hear me out.
Of the two horses I ride, I can only ride cstirrupless for a few minutes (like 3 mins) before the sensitive one gets upset by my legs hanging too low, and the four year old just can't figure out what I want and gets frustrated. Two pointing I can do more of, but the four year likes to be heavy on the forehand, so me two pointing just makes it worse. for this reason I prefer not too on him. My other horse doesn't mind, but I only ride him one or two times a week to school him up for my parents. I can only spend a few minutes working on my leg because I need to work on him.
What excersises can I do on the flat to help me without hindering the horse? Should I just forgo my horses work to get my leg better?:-|
Here's video that shows my legs pretty well, you can really see it come off his sides when I post and swing at the canter. No critiquing anything else though, we've both improved greatly in the last month
Cute horsey =) It looks to me like your horse is tugging on you a bit(is this the one that gets heavy???). Lots of times when people have a horse that likes to hang on them , they step up on their toes a bit to brace themselves. Try to concentrate on keeping your leg lengthened down and wrapped around your horse's barrel. Keep a good contact with your thigh and your calf. You want your knee on the saddle, but you don't want to pinch with your knee. Try to always keep some contact with your thigh no matter what you are working on with your horse, and in the air over the jump try to squeeze with your thighs to keep you tighter. I hope this helps and is along the lines of what you are looking for....if not I am sorry for rambling!!
ok since stirrup less work isn't an option i would try really concentrating on sinking into your heels. the reason your legs probably move so much and a lot of your weight is probably balance on your toes. This throws you off balance and forces your knees to do the work that your legs should be doing. So start at the walk and really sink into your heels. Feel how that straightens out your position. After that move to the trot. As you post, try to keep that same feeling you had at the walk of your weight really in your heels. You should start to see and feel the difference. Also, it may help if you strengthen your core muscles to help keep you balanced so your leg doens't have to compensate by moving. Maybe try some ab workouts if you have the time. I hope this helps and you have an adorable horse there btw!
I heavily favor my right leg. What my instructor has me do is ride with just my right leg out of the stirrup so my weaker left leg has to compensate. Not quite no stirrup work, so maybe it's an option?
Thanks for the tips guys, next time I'm riding out of a lesson I'll try them out :-)
This reminds me of what is happening with me. My right leg is messed. My knee loses contact, and its worse if I try to wrap my legs. I even lose the stirrup on that side once in awhile, but my left is perfectly fine.
One trick I have learnt from a dressage rider ( PSG Level so no amateur ) is to tie your stirrup to the girth - this keeps the stirrup from moving too much and helps with lower leg position.
She uses a piece of strong elastic about 4" long.
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