Ahhh… the quiet lower leg.
Better leg position and cues are often among the first of the goals students list when they come in for a lesson.
But no rider actually wants a still lower leg. What we really want is to feel secure and to feel as though our horse is listening and responding to us!
Of course, how we use our leg is important, but it really is a means to an end, the end goal being to just have a fun ride.
In most riding lessons, there is a lot of emphasis on this part of a rider's position. “Heels down, keep your leg still, point your toes forward…”
As the rider, you may try to comply, but end up feeling awkward and stiff, with maybe an aching ankle or knee to boot.
In this video, I will explain what an effective leg looks and feels like as well as how to give cues or aids with your legs without feeling awkward or stiff.