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post #1 of 5 Old 08-26-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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tips for keeping contact with horse?

So I had my fourth riding lesson over the weekend, and im still working on the posting trot and im getting way better.
Im able to keep my heels down, though not as down as they should, I normally can get on the correct diagonal going into the trot, my post itself is a lot more fluid, I dont come down as hard on the saddle and I dont feel like im flying forward, but my calves dont always keep good consistent contact, and I was wondering if theres any tips for keeping better contact?
Overall im really proud of my progress!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-26-2013, 06:20 PM
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you should not be worrying about that much yet. until you have a secure seat, you wont' be able to keep a consistent and soft contact. if you want to work on it, stay in the walk, where you can work on contact without compromising the hrose's mouth. few beginners have the stability to make meaningful, reliable contact at the trot or canter.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-27-2013, 05:43 PM
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Congratulations on your lesson progress thusfar! :)

While trotting, try not to post from your feet. If you are pushing yourself up from the balls of your feet (which is totally understandable) your calves, plain and simple, are going to move around a bit more. Let the horse's momentum push you up - not just bouncing around on its back, but let that get you started into a post. tinyliny is right, though - as a beginner, it is going to be hard to maintain contact. As an experienced rider, it can be, too! Focus on your seat and in time, you will get there!
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4 lessons in, you have SO much to learn, keeping your calves quiet is not a big deal right now :) A lot of very experienced riders still have issues with keeping a quiet lower leg.
Until you can develop a stable seat and improve your core strength, don't even worry about how quiet your leg is - you will end up clamping your knees down if you start focussing there, which lightens your seat and brings you out of balance.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-31-2013, 08:37 AM
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I was taught to think of the post as a movement of the hips more than the legs. As has been said, don't force yourself up from your feet. It's more like a forward/backward of the hips than and up/down of the legs. I'm not explaining it well, but as your balance and strength increase, your legs will likely calm down.
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