Leg placement

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Legs and seat
• All the weight should be on your seat of your pants
• Legs ride freely
• Ride in the center – do not ride in the front or back of your seat
• Keep legs relaxed
• Toes up, puts heels down

Leg aids
The aid is not the heel it comes from your inside lower leg your calf. Use your boot tops, turn toes out use the lower leg to cue the horse. When using spurs we make contact with the spurs underneath the horse, to lengthen, lift and drive the horse. Start to tap with your lower legs at the ribcage or ride position for forward movement. When tapping the ribcage use rhythm with both lower legs.

Tips
Tap with your boot taps, increase tapping if the horse does not respond, start to squeeze, if still the horse does not respond place the spur on lightly then increase or roll it or thump a couple times with your lower leg until the horse listens, don’t start aggressive, start soft, end soft.

Three leg positions
• Girth - moves shoulder first
• Ribcage - moves the whole horse – hind end leads first (sidepass or two track)
• Hind end - moves hind end first

Three types of pressure
• Steady pressure – press with leg
• Taping pressure- Boot tops are rhythmically tapping
• Driving pressure – leg thumping, spurs or dressage whip

Traditional riding form is to sit straight in the saddle with head, shoulders, pelvis, and heels in vertical alignment. The legs are extended directly below the body, with the lower leg behind the girth. Elongation of the lower leg improves the rider's balance and the effectiveness of leg cues.

"If you take his top line, which is up on his back, and his underline, which is under his belly and cut him in half, the horse's sensitivity to communicate with him through your legs aids is on the lower half of his barrel, so the longer your leg is, the more clear or the easier you'll be able to connect to a sensitive part to communicate with the horse."

   Author - Steven Holt

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