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Anybody else do "riding things" when they're not riding?

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  • Anybody else do "riding things" when they're not riding?

    Hi!

    I was driving my daughter to school today & I realized that I was using leg to get my car to "bend" on the turns! When I thought about it more, I discovered that I do a lot more - I squeeze with my thighs to help the car get up the hill (as in generate more power/impulsion), try to "use the whole ring" & get deep into the corners on my turns [I ride hunters!], and I even ran a red light once when I was looking "through" the intersection (as in looking over & past a jump).

    I have an OTTB, so I've even come to expect my car to occasionally "spook" at inanimate objects along the roadside!

    I may be the only one who does these specific things, but I suspect that there are others. Anybody want to share?

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    I try to count "strides" so I don't step on cracks, I act like they're poles on the ground. I also do the inevitable clucking to the car, the cat, the BF
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    • #3
      I sometimes think "flying change!" when I make turn while driving.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by OneMoreTime View Post
        Hi!

        I was driving my daughter to school today & I realized that I was using leg to get my car to "bend" on the turns! When I thought about it more, I discovered that I do a lot more - I squeeze with my thighs to help the car get up the hill (as in generate more power/impulsion), try to "use the whole ring" & get deep into the corners on my turns [I ride hunters!], and I even ran a red light once when I was looking "through" the intersection (as in looking over & past a jump).

        I have an OTTB, so I've even come to expect my car to occasionally "spook" at inanimate objects along the roadside!

        I may be the only one who does these specific things, but I suspect that there are others. Anybody want to share?
        I do this all the time!! When I got my learner's permit, I didn't understand how the car could stay out in the turn without having my leg to control the movement, hahaha. I also learned the art of "subtlety" from one trainer in only using my ring finger to get a small result from the horse... I now do this with my steering wheel. I also "count strides" between cracks in the sidewalks and "see my distances" to those cracks/steps/dips. I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

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        • #5
          I cluck at everything!

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          • #6
            I adjust my seatbones so that I'm not "leaning in" to turns when I'm riding in a cab.

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            • #7
              Who says riding's feel and coordination aren't transferrable skills?

              I like to "catch ride" other people's stick-shift cars, usually putting in smoother transitions than they do and downshifting to slow, riding the brakes which would amount to "hauling on the reins" in a car that can be ridden/driven much more tactfully.

              In sixth grade, my accomplishment for the year was learning to change leads over a fence from left to right... jumping on my own legs. I'm right handed, and right-legged, so it was a bitch. Decades later, I can still jump from either lead and switch in the air as needed.
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              • #8
                I fold at the hip and slide my hands up the wheel over speed bumps and lean forward up hills.
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                • #9
                  I also lean forward up hills when driving, cluck at humans, and tell them to 'whoa.' I see distances while driving the car too- usually between cracks in the road.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dghunter View Post
                    I try to count "strides" so I don't step on cracks, I act like they're poles on the ground. I also do the inevitable clucking to the car, the cat, the BF
                    I do this all the time too and sometimes it drives me nuts!

                    I also tell my pugs and cat to "whoa."
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                    • #11
                      I tell my dogs to whoa all the time, and I cluck at my car when it doesn't want to accelerate, im glad im not that only crazy person that treats other things like horses!

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                      • #12
                        When I get on a bike for the first time in a while, I completely can't turn.

                        I go really, really slow in an attempt to keep the bike upright throughout.
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                        • #13
                          Fingers

                          I was just thinking about this today as I walked down the street holding my handbag handle between my pinky and my ring finger. I cannot hold the handles of my purses gripping with all four fingers and thumb. I always stick the straps between those two like reins. MUCH more comfortable for me.
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                          • #14
                            I try to time my "stride" to avoid cracks too. Finally! Confirmatino that I'm not insane! Either that or I just found a load of lunnies just like me!

                            I also cluck at the dog. Of course, she doesn't need much encouragment, much like my horse. So instead we work half halts and not dragging mommy off her feet. Or yanking arms from sockets.

                            And being a belly dancer sometiems I yell YALLA YALLA to my horse (which means faster faster!)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dghunter View Post
                              I try to count "strides" so I don't step on cracks, I act like they're poles on the ground. I also do the inevitable clucking to the car, the cat, the BF
                              The funniest thing is that the dog and the boyfriend MOVE when I cluck so they get it.... I definitely cluck at things, I count strides between cracks too...

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by PoochPaddock View Post
                                I was just thinking about this today as I walked down the street holding my handbag handle between my pinky and my ring finger. I cannot hold the handles of my purses gripping with all four fingers and thumb. I always stick the straps between those two like reins. MUCH more comfortable for me.
                                Oh, yeah, come to think of it when I walk the dog, that is how the loop of the leash gets held.

                                Ha.
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                                • #17
                                  I count strides between cracks and count between telephone polls when i ride in someones car.... I thought I was the only crazy one!!!

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                                  • #18
                                    My dogs 'load up', and my car is very good at leg yeilds. We have a sidwalk at work, with a driving lane between it and another sidwalk, I have spent months trying to get my srides right, usually rushing in the morning, slower leaving at night. Seems I am in good company.
                                    I've lurked for a while, but recently got up the neverve to post.

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                                    • #19
                                      All the time! I "count strides" between lamp posts, Do the motion of half seat while driving motor boats, lace the main sheet (on a sail boat) through my fingers like reins, "canter "and jump random things that are in my way. All sorts of stuff. I'm pretty much a horse.
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                                      • #20
                                        I say whoa and cluck at the dogs depending on the response I want...

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