Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
Haha, no probs about my name. Call me Stormy or Alex, whichever you can remember. ;)
As for kicking your horse. Try not to. You want a solid leg beneath you. If your horse doesn't move off a slight nudge or squeeze, BUMP BUMP with your leg, and if that doesn't get them off your leg immediately, crop behind the leg. But don't just bump and let go. Bump bump and then hold the pressure to keep the forward movement, then ease off. Then repeat when necessary. You have to think about hanging your leg loose from your hip, and letting your thigh be loose and moving so you aren't blocking the horse's back, but you must use your calf to move the horse forward, sideways, or laterally when you want it.
As for your leg getting used to it. I'm not sure it will because of the different muscles being formed. I've only talked about it with one of my friends (who's a workout junkie and one of the best riders/trainers at our barn). Hope this helps some!
Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt