Use this Murdoch Minute to open your hip for a correct outside leg position. When the thigh is in neutral your heel will go back and down toward your horse’s hind foot.
Do you have trouble backing your horse up (rein back)? Does he raise his head and hollow his back? Does he refuse to move? Do you try to pull your horse back with the reins? Here’s a quick tip to ease your back up woes. Next time you ride, stop and back your horse up […]
Do you push off your feet in rising trot? Tend to fall back into the saddle? Ride the “down beat”? Have difficulty getting your horse to lengthen his trot stride? Alternating between changing your diagonals sitting and rising can help. When you can maintain your balance and keep to a steady rhythm your horse’s trot […]
Do you have difficulty opening your hips in rising trot? Hollow your back? Sit on the front part of your seat bones? Is your horse on the forehand? Many riders hollow their back when riding but this tips the pelvis forward and down, sticks the seat bones out behind, closes the hip angle and puts […]
Do you lose your stirrups? Stiffen your ankles? Have trouble getting your heels down? Does your stirrup swing forward when you ride? Do you carry your stirrup on your toes? Perhaps your difficulty results from the interpretation of riding with the stirrup on the ball of your foot. A small but significant change in foot […]
Do you have trouble keeping your balance? Do you tend to pitch forward? Do you have difficulty sitting to the canter? Would you like to feel deeper in the saddle? Here’s a quick tip to deepen your seat. Next time you ride notice what happens to your seat. Do you feel like you can’t sit […]