Horse Riding Exercises for Beginners – stop pinching with your knees

Horse Riding Exercises for Beginners – stop pinching with your knees



hi there my name is Lauren welcome to another video if it's your first time here thank you so much for being here I really appreciate it and and if it is your first time here remember to subscribe and hit the bell icon so you don't miss any new videos coming out and today we're going to talk about pinching with your knees when you're riding do you pinch with your knees when you're riding I'm gonna give you five exercises that you can do right now or in your next training session in your next riding session to help you stop pinching with your knees so let's get started why is pinching with your knees so bad well I've got these videos here to help you understand why pinching with your knees is bad you can see here when you pinch with your knees that your lower leg swings away from the body of the horse if you pinch with your knee your lower leg comes away from the horse aside so you can't give your riding aids that's really important you can also see here that if you pinching with your knees and kind of separate your body from the top half to bottom half so that when you lean forward you pinch with your knees you pivot around your knees and this is problematic because when you tip forward with your body your lower leg swings back and you can see that here five exercises that you can do to help stop you from pinching with your knees number one exercise is to push your kneecap down towards the ground sometimes when you see people riding their kneecaps are pointing straight ahead to where the direction that they're going that puts them in the chair a kind of a chair of type seat so what you need to do is to stretch the top of your leg down and point your kneecap to the ground and bring your lower leg and your heel underneath your seat and your shoulder though will help keep you in balance number two a really good exercise that you can do and remember to do these exercises on kind of a quiet horse or school horse type or horse that doesn't mind you moving around some more just get freaked out if you do too many exercises on them so this exercise you can do it the whole we used to do it at walk trot and canter but if you've got a good seat it's a great way to develop yours and independency is to lift left leg and right leg off the horse you can see me here in this picture doing this exercise at the walk and you can see that my the my body stays still and I'm working with somebody here at Grayson who's also doing the same exercise and we're doing this exercise at the halt lifting left leg then right leg off the silo really great exercise to give you an independent seat and make that seat come down in the saddle and stop pinching with your knees exercise number three lift both legs off the saddle at the same time both bikes off the saddle at the same time lifting both legs off the saddle at the same time it really helps to deepen your seat if you want to work on your sitting trot this is an excellent way to help deepen your seat and to provide yourself with an independent seat and stop pinching with those knees when you pinch with your knees it stops the weight from coming into your seat and into your stirrups the weight stops at your knees so you don't get a deep seat fix number four exercise number four that you can do to help stop you from pinching with your knees is to roll your stirrups put them at what I call jockey length and they're probably really not the length of the jockey would do but they're really short and what this does is push your knees above the knee role of the saddle closer to the pommel of the saddle so that you can't pitch pinch with your knees excellent exercise to do at the halt and the trot because you have to balance your weight just in your stirrup and balance yourself over top of your stirrups and you can see that it helps prevent you from pinching with your knees because your knees aren't anywhere near the saddle excellent exercise to help with your balance and a good strengthening exercise as well I would love if you could send me your pictures of you doing these exercises I would really love to see you guys doing these exercises send me your pictures of you doing these exercises I'd love to see you doing these exercises final exercise is to do the jockey stirrup length and do a posting trot posting trot with your jockey stirrup length really good balance developer and also strengthening for the muscles that you need for your rising trot and stops you from pinching with your knees because your knees are nowhere near the saddle do you have have any questions if you'd like to comment on this video please do so in the comments below love to hear what you have to say thanks now bye now go use this stuff raise your standards go use this stuff thanks now bye

5 Replies to “Horse Riding Exercises for Beginners – stop pinching with your knees”

  1. This is so helpful! I feel like after my spinal fusion surgery I developed a lot of bad habits to cope with the feeling of insecurity caused by having a fused spine and this could be super helpful to remind to just relax down into the stirrups. Great content as usual!

  2. OMG! I need this badly! Before buying my horses several months back, I hadn't ridden in 12 years and never learned Western. So I'm learning a new style AND trying to learn to ride again! You never forget to ride but at 54, posting trot is not easy LOL!

  3. This is so helpful! Thank you Laura 😊 I really enjoyed the visual of the exercises with you and your horse! Great video, thank you for your help!

  4. Love this video. Your videos keep getting better and better and I love seeing you and your students on horses because it helps visualize everything for riders. When I was in college studying equine science/writing, we had to do our warm-up doing all of the core, Seat and leg exercises that you would do on the lunge line, while we were walking around and trotting around during our warm-up. The same exercises with the lifting the knees up and legs out and away from the saddle, scissor legs and all the other seat leg exercises along with all the exercises you do with your arms seat and legs to develop independence throughout your body parts in the saddle. They are the best exercises you can do as a rider during your warm-up to help you plug-in your seat and you’re really forced to use your core correctly for balance and support and they really just help you make yourself a better rider for your horse. Would love to keep seeing more videos with your lessons like this.

  5. Apparently I was pinching with the knees. I think it came from my attempts to "heels down." It also points my toes way out, rolls my weight onto the medial part of my feet, and rolls my calves so the inner surface is away from the horse. The kneeling feeling to point the knees down, thinking foot under knee, and keeping weight more even across the stirrup, all together helped me. It's a habit of years, so…work in progress.

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