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post #11 of 13 Old 10-28-2013, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Something that might help, tell yourself toes up instead of heels down. No idea why but it seemed to work with my students.
Thanks I'll try that out just start telling myself toes up, sometimes how you word stuff to yourself makes a massive difference :) I have a feeling this may do it


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I'm on my university's horsemanship team. The coach thinks we all have heel down problems and for practice sometimes, we have to drop our stirrups and have spurs sitting out our toes. If your toes drop and the spurs fall, you have to get off, go get them, then get back on and go again. Sucks when you have a tall horse.
Haha that's a good one as well, does she make you do it all paces? I think I'd be getting off every second stride, but it would work eventually
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-28-2013, 08:34 PM
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Haha that's a good one as well, does she make you do it all paces? I think I'd be getting off every second stride, but it would work eventually
Yep. Sucked for me because the gelding I had for the first half of practice (we switch horses halfway through) had no desire to go faster than a walk, so I was constantly squeezing him, which caused me to drop my spurs. He was also around 16hh or so tall so hiking up that far was not a good time. Coach laughed at me because I got off, I believe, 10 times in 25 minutes until we switched and the little mare I then had stayed trotting and it was much smoother, causing me to only drop them once in the next half hour.

ETA: I only had to walk and jog because I only show for this team at a W/T level due to the rules dictating your experience is based on lessons taken. The higher level people who lope did have to lope.
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post #13 of 13 Old 10-29-2013, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Yep. Sucked for me because the gelding I had for the first half of practice (we switch horses halfway through) had no desire to go faster than a walk, so I was constantly squeezing him, which caused me to drop my spurs. He was also around 16hh or so tall so hiking up that far was not a good time. Coach laughed at me because I got off, I believe, 10 times in 25 minutes until we switched and the little mare I then had stayed trotting and it was much smoother, causing me to only drop them once in the next half hour.

ETA: I only had to walk and jog because I only show for this team at a W/T level due to the rules dictating your experience is based on lessons taken. The higher level people who lope did have to lope.
Haha yer my boys close to the 16hh mark, I'll have to give it a go though :)
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