Eq Tips and Exercises

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  • equusparvus Original Poster equusparvus
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    I’m doing no-stirrup november and I’m going to die. I jumped a 2’6 course withut them today and stayed on, but it was weak and messy. My biggest issue is keeping my heels down, and my shoulders back and open. I ALWAYS hunch. Any tips or exercises (without stirrups) that can help this? Riding with my hands SUPER wide helps, and so does pretending to stick my boobs out. And gymnastics without hands. Also do you know any good rider stretches/worjouts to do when not on a horse?

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    I used to hunch over a lot too.
    I changed to a different kind of sports bra that sort of forces my shoulders back. I also do a lot of stretching in the saddle.
    I’ll lift my arms up in the air to get myself seated properly and this will sometimes help me to.
    But the biggest thing that worked for me was just constantly telling myself…sit up straight, heels down, sit up, heels down, sit up, heels down, sit up.
    now I don’t have to think about it.

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    wyoenglishrider wyoenglishrider
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    “No stirrup November”……I love it! I am also a huncher, or “percher” as my husband tells me….I just have to tell myself-sit up, sit up, sit up. As far as stretches, I have started using Mary Helen Bowers Ballet Beautiful. I Hate to work out, but I like this ballet dvd-you can do all 60 minutes or pick which parts you want to work on i.e. thighs, abs, arms, etc. I got it from Amazon. I feel like it is helping my posture on & off my horse.

    Leslie Leslie
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    Pilates will help strengthen your core and in turn help with the hunching.

    Also making sure you have good posture throughout the day will help too… Sit up while on the computer, watching TV, eating, etc… These muscles need to be able to hold position for an extended period of time so the more practice you have the better.

    Heels down is easier to work on with stirrups, you need to put your weight in your heels when you ride, and when you ride without stirrups you can’t really do that, all you can do is flex your ankle which isn’t quite the same. In other words…your heel drops as a result of putting weight in it, not as a result of turning your toe upward.

    Standing with the balls of your feet on the edge of a stair step and sinking down into your heels will help stretch the right muscles making it easier to put your heels down, but if your problem is having your weight in the wrong place not flexibility then that’s something you’ll need to work on in the saddle. Try lots of two-point 🙂

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