Examples of common position mistakes - Gripping with the knee

  • Gripping with your knee causes tension through the outside of your thighs and into your pelvis and lower back

  • It also causes tension through your lower leg and can cause your toes to point in and heel to point out.

  • This will all cause tension through the horse so they will be unable to work correctly and freely.

  • The tension in your legs will make it difficult to apply correct leg aids therefore not giving clear instruction to your horse.

  • Your knees should be relaxed and off the saddle allowing your legs to lie in the position of Shoulder, hip, heel

  • This will then allow you to give correct leg aids

  • Your body will be in the centre of the saddle

  • Your muscles can relax and work with the horse rather than against it.