Victory! New, Improved Seat & Leg
December 7, 2010 Leave a comment
Victory! Albeit a small one, but I don’t care, I’m taking it. My week of hip-flexor torture is paying off. In last night’s lesson, my leg and seat position was much better. My leg was hanging correctly from the hip – toes in and making full contact with the horse – and best of all – it didn’t hurt. I wasn’t overloading my ankles with weight while at the same time twisting them inward (that really hurts!)
Interestingly, Christy asked me if I had dropped my stirrups a hole. Huh, I didn’t think so, and verified that no, the stirrups were on the same hole I usually ride. My leg sure did feel different though, and I suspect it looked a bit different to her, too.
I also got to test the strength of my new position. Mads spooked sideways and for a second I thought it was going to evolve into a bit more of a spook. But I was solid in the saddle – rock solid in fact – and was able to ride through it nicely. Though my heart was pounding afterward and my legs momentarily were jelly, Christy assured me that I rode it well and never looked like I was having a problem.