Should your legs be wrapped around your horse?
Should they hang at the horse’s side?
Where should you feel contact with the horse? At your heel, your calf?
The answer… it depends!
Here is a great example of needing to understand that what one rider describes they are feeling in the saddle may be different than what you feel.
There are 3 keys to having an effective leg position… the first is avoiding unnecessary tension, the second is finding good alignment for your leg, and the third is moving in a way that maintains that alignment. Simply put, don’t grip, position your leg so your joints can function, and then always let your knees go forward and down.
I will explain more and demonstrate in this video!
p.s. For a collection of riding exercises to be in balance, move with your horse, and find your best posture, check out my book, Stay in the Saddle – 67 Exercises for Horse and Rider: https://www.horseclass.com/book/
See you in the comments!
I have always struggled with sore ankles and or knees, as I have short legs but a long torso. Always being told heels down toes in or out, knees tight or knees away from the side of the horse, depending on the trainer. I am pleased that it has been explained that it depends on your physique and the physique of the horse. I gave up trying to please my trainers and just focused on relaxing and enjoying the ride. I naturally find my whole leg rests against the side of the horse and my knees and ankles are much better.
Thank you Callie: I always like your valuable concise tips. All the best in the coming Derby. That is quite an undertaking.
Links to the videos in Stay in the Saddle aren’t working. 🤨
Same…there were no links to the video so I was unable to view it😥