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Posted 8/14/2014 10:02:50 AM


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Hi guys! So i have a pretty big problem. One of my biggest position issues is keeping my heels down. Now, when i am walking I have no problem keeping my heels down,but when i trot I cannot keep them down! And when i do get them down i mess up something else. Is there anyway i can fix this?? Also, I let my hands loose and the reins slip out of my hands making the reins very long. I always do it and I don't realize that i do it. Is there anyway i can fix that?
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Posted 8/14/2014 10:24:31 AM


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You just have to get to the point where your heels go down without you even trying or thinking about it. Everyday (or even several times a day!) stand on the lowest step of a staircase and stand on it on just the balls of your feet and put your heels down. Overtime your heels will go down whenever you ride and you won't even realize it. It just takes time and a lot of practice

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Posted 8/14/2014 2:28:50 PM


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Thanks! That is a really good idea. I'll have to do that.

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Posted 8/14/2014 4:06:01 PM


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Personally, I think you should focus on keeping your heels down and not worry about other things going wrong in the process (as long as you feel safe). Having a solid leg will reflect positively on your entire position. Once your heels get better then start focusing on other things.

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Posted 8/15/2014 9:04:28 AM


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Thanks! that is very helpful :)

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Posted 8/15/2014 5:33:53 PM


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Always think about pushing your weight into your heels. with every stride reach your heel to the ground. If you need to, shorten your stirrups a few wholes. It will be easier and will strengthen your leg:)



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Posted 8/15/2014 7:26:15 PM


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My old trainer told me to walk around with my toes up in the air. I ended up with great heels but I doubt that helped anything. It takes time and muscle build up to get. Muscle memory.

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Posted 8/17/2014 4:11:14 PM


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pos pos pos pos
what? lol

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Posted 8/18/2014 5:20:24 AM


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I have both problems, but my heels have started getting better, but they still go up during sitting trot.
A lot of things you can do, I have been told the stairs help a little but isn't the most effective process. If you don't lesson every time you ride try two pointing the entire ride! You will be uncomfortable but you will develop great leg muscles, and really think about pushing your heels down without ruining your knee angle.
Another exercise(I think this helped the most) was taking the two long sides and doing a two-point on one and sitting trot on the other. While sitting think about gravity pulling your heels down, while two-pointing though push them down.
Sometimes thinking about putting pressure on the inside of your foot helps too.

As for the hands, I found it isn't as bad when you ride with rubber reins. Just think about holding them more. I know my habit started when my trainer told me to start letting the reins slide through my fingers over jumps that I get left behind on since the pony needs her head. Just really think about holding onto the reins and making contact(not pulling) ont he horses mouth


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That is extremely helpful! Thanks!

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Posted 10/31/2014 7:09:12 AM


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My trainer has me do a sitting trot without stirrups, at the same time as keeping my heels down as far as they go. Do laps like that for a couple times, than put your feet in the stirrups, and it is WAY easier to keep your heels down.



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Posted 10/31/2014 7:49:38 AM


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This is over 2 months old...

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Posted 10/31/2014 8:07:50 AM


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OH whoops...sorry.



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