Lower Leg Forward

Tuesday’s Tip Working on a few positional problems. Up first: Forwards lower leg This is generally caused by tight inner thigh and/or hips. These are too tense and so pull your leg forwards and out of alignment. This also shifts your seat bones so they are not sat evenly on the saddle and can cause your trunk to lean slightly backwards. Ground and mounted stretches will help reseat your seat…

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Transitions – the solutions

Tuesday’s Tip! Transitions – the solutions This two parter will deal with the problems and solutions for transitions. Let me know if there are any other problems you have with your transitions! Recap – Lots of horses drop in downwards transitions and flatten in both upwards and downwards transitions. Riders collapse or get left behind and the rhythm is lost between paces. This can all be sorted out, and know…

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Transitions – the problems

Tuesday’s Tip! Transitions – the problems This two parter will deal with the problems and solutions for transitions. Let me know if there are any other problems you have with your transitions! Lots of horses drop in downwards transitions and flatten in both upwards and downwards transitions. Riders collapse or get left behind and the rhythm is lost between paces. This can all be sorted out, but first we need…

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Long leg

Absolutely brilliant lesson to finish off the day today. Worked on lengthening the rider’s leg and securing it during transitions and canter. Worked on the horse’s canter and balance round corners – hard work! By the end of our hour we had a lovely long leg that was much more secure and effective! You can see in the pictures how in line the rider is now, and how relaxed the…

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Seat series part 2 – Rising Trot

Tuesday’s Tip! Seat series part 2 – rising trot The second part in my seat series will briefly discuss potential problems riders have with rising trot and how to do the perfect rising trot! I see lots of problems riders have with rising trot, mainly I think because people don’t really get taught how to do rising trot properly (unless I teach you, in which case you have probably spent…

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Using your Core

Tuesday’s Tip! Using your Core Your core muscles are really important when riding (as are your horse’s!). If you don’t use them then you will struggle with your balance and control and you will possibly get a sore back as well from slouching in the saddle. When you engage your core, your body becomes much more stable and you have more control over your body and your horse. Your rising…

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Dealing with grippy knees

Tuesday’s Tip! Dealing with grippy knees. I regularly see riders with grippy knees, especially when cantering or sitting to the trot. What  seems like a securing movement to hold you on your saddle and on your horse does in fact, create an effect of the opposite. When riders grip with their knees their thigh shifts upwards, and this shifting up causes your upper body to shift up as well. This…

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