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post #1 of 4 Old 10-28-2011, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Falling on on the circle

OK, So I have been riding at a new place for about 2 months, its a really great place and I think that my instructor is great, but I have a question. The mare I ride is incredibly stiff on one side. When I first went there I couldnt get her to turn right at all, I have worked on that and now can turn right with bend and on the bit. Its actually awesome how much of a difference having a connection with the outside rein can make!!!

But the problem I am having now is that when on a circle to the left I really struggle keeping her out with correct bend. My instructor has said that I just need more indside leg and when I have her on the larger circle (20m) small (tiny) gives and takes wiht the inside rein to get her to bend. Where I have problems is I have damage to a couple of ligaments on my left knee, I can now use that leg when it is on the outside, and my weight is on the inside seatbone a bit, but struggle using my left leg when my weight is through by left seat bone (i feel like the leg is freer when my weight is on the opposite seat bone). Does anyone have any tips or is it just a matter of building up the strength through the muscles and hopefully the ligaments a bit more???

P.S. sorry it is such a long post but I didnt know how to make it any more succinct
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-28-2011, 03:23 AM
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Time will help! Have you thought about seeing a physio to give you correct excercises to help with build up?
I have a similair problem with my left shoulder after I broke it, its time and muscle build up!

Have you made sure your weight is truly on the inside, and your inside hip is slightly back, this will help encourage your leg to be in the right position too.

I can't think of anything else that can help off the top of my head, but good luck and keep up the good work!
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-28-2011, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks duffyduck. I went for a lesson today and was pleasantly surprised when my instructor told me I have graduated from Molly (her lesson horse) and am now doing my lessons on one of the quieter sale horses to see what a 'real horse' is like.
This horse was much easier to bend correctly and even came on the bit without me asking for it
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-28-2011, 11:33 PM
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most people have one side that is stronger than the other, just like horses. I am right handed and right sided, so easy for me to have a good , supporting inside leg circling to the right, but to the left. Argh!
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