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    So since I will take all the advice I can get; and everyone's advice on my riding issues seems to help.. On to my next issue. I seem to be swinging my legs to much when I post. So any advice on things I can do when I ride to help solve my problem.. I get two days to ride with out my trainer and those day's I use to work on the issues I had on with my lesson with her. This week was moving my legs to much..

    Thanks so much for all your help...

    I am sorry I keep asking you all for help but I don't really have anyone I can ask for advice..

  • #2
    You are putting too much weight in your stirrups. Try posting without stirrups to build up the muscles you need. Feel the burn. It helps!


    • #3
      2 point over cavaletti with my arms out to the side like I'm flying helped me with this one.
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      • #4
        If its swinging forward as you rise and back when you sit, you're most likely doing two things
        1 putting too much weight into your heels
        2 letting your abdominals get too loose.
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        • #5
          Riding in two point should build the muscles to help you keep your leg still, and steady, quiet unless needed.

          Allowing yourself to fall into chair seat will also cause unsteady legs.
          Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

          Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


          • #6
            Your stirrups may be too long, which causes you to post off your toes. Then you have to pinch with your knees to keep from falling forward. That causes your leg to swing.

            Be sure your stirrups aren't too long. They should hit your ankle bones or just a touch below when you let your legs hang out of the stirrups. Once your stirrups are the correct length, let whatever weight you have in your stirrups fall into your heels as you rise at the trot. That will help stabilize your leg.
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            • #7
              Lots of great ideas here, as usual, which is why I'm a regular. But I'm wondering if/why your trainer doesn't give you "homework" to help with issues that come up during your lessons? My trainer does, and I really appreciate it.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Tonkafriend View Post
                Lots of great ideas here, as usual, which is why I'm a regular. But I'm wondering if/why your trainer doesn't give you "homework" to help with issues that come up during your lessons? My trainer does, and I really appreciate it.
                A lot of trainers can tell you what you are doing wrong.

                It takes a teacher to help fix it. Sometimes it takes more than one approach to solve a problem.
                Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by merrygoround View Post
                  It takes a teacher to help fix it. Sometimes it takes more than one approach to solve a problem.
                  Very, very true!


                  • #10
                    i know my lower legs to into full swing when:

                    1. my core is not correctly engaged
                    2. my hips are too tight
                    3. my horse is behind the leg

                    and they are all related. when i figure out how to sit right, activate the right muscles and loosen the others- all of a sudden i can make my horse go, the legs look much more still.
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                    • #11
                      Or you're fighting your saddle. My legs tend to swing when the stirrup bars are too far forward. Passiers (at least the ones I've tried so far) don't work for me because of this.


                      • Original Poster

                        During my lesson my trainer had me sit differently and it seemed to help.. She already knows that I work on what I had problems with during our lesson.. I take a lesson on Thursday and then work on my problem areas on Monday and Tuesday.

                        They seem to swing out to the side when I sit and back and go in when I rise up. I have to keep kicking my horse like every other stride to keep him going. He likes to make you work for everything..But what she had me sit off the back of my butt and only on my thighs (kinda like a half seat) when i sit down during my post and bent my leg a little more and it seemed to help.. My length of my stirrup seems to be fine. It its the ankle bone when I let my legs hang loose..

                        My trainer is having me do some no stirrup work to help get my legs and core stronger..


                        • #13
                          We already know that you and the saddle do not get along. When someone tells me that they have to kick the horse every other stride, they have just opened a whole new can of worms. Quite likely you are not posting straight up and down (which is difficult if your stirrups are hung too far forward on the saddle and/or the saddle does not fit the horse correctly) and are leaning forward into the post as you rise. When you rise, you are probably curling your toes forward and down over the front edge of your stirrups and allowing your shoulders to fall foward. Then, you are also trying to rise up from the post faster, thinking you will help the horse get going better. Wrong! The emphasis for the posting trot should be on the downward portion as your seat coming into the saddle is what drives the horse's hindquarters forward into your hands. Make the bottom of your post just a tad longer by using your seat to push down into the saddle, just as if it were elastic...like a trampoline. Then, allow the horse to toss you into the rising portion. Do not try to hasten upward.

                          Are you riding in a dressage saddle, or is this school saddle something else?


                          • Original Poster

                            Its an all purpose wintec saddle. Its an old wintec but looks like the wintec 250 all purpose.. I will have a better look at it tomorrow


                            • #15
                              An all purpose saddle is ridden with the rider's torso slightly...ever so very slightly forward into the post rather than straight up and down of the dressage saddle. But, many of the other things that I wrote still apply, i.e. the curling toes, the falling shoulders, the slinging of the body off the saddle too fast.

                              If you could have a couple of pictures taken, we could better make suggestions.

                              Also, bear in mind that an all purpose saddle's balance point is not designed for the sitting trot.


                              • Original Poster

                                I will see if I can find someone to help take pictures


                                • #17
                                  you absolutely can sit in an all purpose or a jumping saddle!

                                  OP my guess is your stirrups are too long, and your leg is rotated out.

                                  honestly tho, i think you should stick with working with your instructor, and ask him/her questions, because you will get so many differing answers, many of them counter productive and some just plain wrong....


                                  • #18
                                    saddle fit/ position

                                    does your saddle fit, where is it positioned on the horse?
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                                    • #19
                                      Of course you can "sit" any saddle. The questions are: should you, and what does it do to your horse.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        the saddle fits the horse fine. its been his saddle for years it was bought for him from what I was told. I know its me and my stirrups are fine. I had a few people check for me and they said my stirrup length is great. My trainer does answer most of my questions just the silly odd questions she doesnt tend to answer. But she does answer the important questions. I dont see a problem getting a few opinons on what to do..