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Improve Your Stability in the Saddle by Riding “On Your Thigh”

I’ve made many changes and improvements to my riding over the years, but if I had to choose just one that has had the biggest impact overall, it was understanding the concept of riding “on my thigh”.

What I mean is allowing my thigh to bear weight, but without tensing or gripping. This is especially important in the movements of posting trot, canter, and when jumping.

Different instructors often describe this feeling in different ways, or use varying exercises to help a rider find the position and feeling. In today’s video, I’ll share a few of these exercises, plus demonstrate this important riding concept.

*I wanted to make a note here about the bit I’m using for Noel in this video – this is a full cheek snaffle by Myler that has the cheekpiece attachment built in to the side of the bit. Not my favorite style, but that is why I am using this full cheek bit without leather keepers. You do need to be careful with full cheek bits as there is a higher possibility of them getting caught.

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