Use this Murdoch Minute to locate your hip joints. Whenever you begin to feel a bit stiff or tense remind yourself of their location so that you let go of excess tension in your seat and legs.
The Murdoch Minutes
Do you have trouble stopping your horse? Do you brace against your stirrups while pulling back on the reins? Does your horse fall forward when you move off? You may be doing too much with your arms and not enough with your seat. Stabilizing your elbows by your sides may be the answer.
Do you wish you had better hands? Is your instructor always telling you to make your hands quiet? Does your horse get resistant when you ask for a turn? Here’s a quick tip to improve your hand position and contact with the horse’s mouth for both western and English riding.
Does your horse pull you out of the saddle? Do you fall forward or back when jumping over the fence? Does your horse travel with his head in the air? Regardless of whether you ride western, English or soft-gaited horses here’s a quick tip to help improve your riding.
Do you have discomfort in your ankles? Do you feet fall asleep when you ride for long periods of time? Do you have trouble getting your heels down? Do you push your feet out in front of you? All of these common riding problems may be due to your ankle alignment.
Do you have trouble looking where you are going? Does your neck get tense when your ride or become stiff afterward? Do you have difficulty sitting the trot? The solution may be all in your head. Here’s a quick tip for finding a good comfortable head position.