Issue du Jour: Rein Imbalance

The "after" picture - better leg position, with my whole leg rolled inward, and toes foreward.

Finally.  I finally had a decent ride, and lasted for almost the full lesson.  It’s about time. Best of all, looking at some video of the ride, I can see that the work on my postion has really paid off.  My leg looks a lot better, and if feels a lot better.   My leg is hanging more correctly from the hip, and draping around the horse.   It’s not 100% perfect – I still curl heel up and my toes out when I apply leg.  So, while I know I need to continue to work on lengthening and stretching my legs, I also know that I’m headed in the right direction.

The "before" picture: toes out, hips open, and little leg contact with the horse.

Great.  Now, on to the issue du jour – the imbalance in my rein pressure. I think that Christy cracked this nut tonight when she commented that mine isn’t just a left rein issue – I’m imbalanced in the right rein too.  I hold the left rein and give the right – I let my right hand creep forward.  This probably explains why Mads and I circle beautifully to the right – as I’m inclined naturally to hold the left rein and soften the right.  Now, I need to achieve the same feel and balance in the other direction.  We worked on softening the inside rein, while holding the outside. Christy chipped away at it, and by the end of the ride things were clicking.

Dressage isn’t about leaps forward. It’s an exercise in increments.

 

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5 Responses to Issue du Jour: Rein Imbalance

  1. tbatx says:

    Nice ride Sarah! I LOVE the after pic, you guys are looking great!!

  2. Sarah Skerik says:

    I know! My leg looks soooo much better! All credit to you, boss!

  3. dressage rider says:

    You look great! You’ve both done such a great job. I’ve worked on similar issues with my legs. When I apply the aids I just lightly apply using the inside of my calf. That way I maintain my leg position. Before I would contort myself all over and always used the back of my leg for aids. Maybe it was a h/j thing?

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