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post #1 of 7 Old 05-23-2019, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Persistence: three and a half years of leg

Hey guys, I just went through my riding photos and did up an updated time lapse of my leg position.

So, in July of 2015, I started riding again after 16 years off. And, well, my brain remembered a lot but my body did NOT cooperate. At all.

Even though it's a few months later, the first picture is a pretty accurate depiction of all the weaknesses and faults I was trying to work through.

The final picture is from Tuesday. (And please forgive my hands and elbows, haha. We were halted and she was trying to root at the reins.)

There's of course still room for improvement with that leg, but wowwww have things come a long way. If you're feeling like a hot mess, like I did at the beginning there... keep at it, kids!

(And maybe also don't try to do all your flat work in a very forward-seat jumping saddle...)
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Awesome! That is something to be proud of and very inspiring for those of us who have taken the unexpected long break from our riding passion.
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Even your position in January 2016 was better than mine starting from scratch! I feel like my progress is soooo sloowwww... but I have to remind myself that I had never done this before and that even people who have been riding for years are always seeking to improve. All things come in time, as long as you're invested in something you love, it's worth it.
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Thanks guys! <3

And one thing I'll say for me... keeping my heels down has never been a problem! If anything... it's too much of a problem a lot of the time.
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Thanks guys! <3

And one thing I'll say for me... keeping my heels down has never been a problem! If anything... it's too much of a problem a lot of the time.

I'm the same way! I look at pictures of my heels/ankles and think, "That looks like it should be uncomfortable."
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I'm the same way! I look at pictures of my heels/ankles and think, "That looks like it should be uncomfortable."
I am exactly the same way too! sometimes I look at pictures of myself and wonder how the stirrup hasn't slid off my feet yet.
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What a great post! Thank you for sharing this - it certainly emphasizes all the time it really takes to work on ourselves. It also shows how much different saddles can influence positioning, too. Sometimes that in and of itself is an odyssey..."can I adjust this, or do I need a new saddle altogether?" Bleh! I got lucky this time around. That last dressage saddle looks like you're pretty well locked n' loaded. I've never seen someone so determined to keep their heels down. I'm about to start riding again after some time off too, and I can only dream of that...I'll certainly try!
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