Discouraging Lesson Tonight
I had a very discouraging lesson tonight..my heels would not stay down and my legs would not stay down and back and i fell offtwice jumping..it just did not go good.
i know i will have bad lessons and have not been riding that long but it makes me feel extremely discouraged. : /
on a positive note..after i fell off twice i got back up each time and made her go over the jump. it was not the prettiest but we finally made it over.
Sorry it was so discouraging... I had a day like that not too long ago where I coudl not get Citrus to pick up his right lead. My trainer told me that when he gets frustrated like that to go back to something that he is really good at as it builds his confidence. Maybe you could go back to something that you are really good at- like trotting and swithcing diagonals? Something that builds your confidence and reminds you that you are good rider.
thanks yall! i guess we will just have our off days. yes, it was discouraging to me lol i am so hard on myself. and i hate my heels!
We all have days that we feel that way, no need to be so hard on yourself. And heck, you got back on and got her over that fence - give yourself credit! :)
If you want to work on your heel depth, you can stand with the ball of your foot on a set of stairs with your heels hanging off and try and stretch those heels down as far as you can. Repeat doing this several times throughout the day and increase the amount of time you do it each time. Developing a stong leg and seat and deep heel take time, practice and patience, but eventually it will come! ;)
You know what? If you are able to get up on that horse each time you fall off that is success in my eyes. People get scared after falls but you made sure to finish your goal in the lesson,right? :) It's okay and that whole keeping legs back and toes up..or heels down(which ever people want to call it) is kinda tricky!
thanks! :-)..yea, i have an awful problem with my heels. thanks for the stretching ideas..i will have to start doing that!
I need to do stretches too =D
Just keep your chin up. You will get better and you will be like "this use to be hard for me but now it's nothing" as you move to a new obstacle. I use to hold on the horn all the time with western until people made me mad on here and I was determined to let go of the horn.You gotta love people on here..they truely do help you..I was defiently determined to get better and it sounds to me you have the same kind of drive.
No problem, it helped me!
Another idea to strengthen your legs (and maybe your instructor is already doing this with you) is no stirrup work - start with a sitting trot and work your way up to a posting trot with no stirrups. It really helps leg position and strength...but even without sirrups, make sure you remember to keep those heels down! ;)
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