Common Horse Rider Problems – Get the information you need!

Common Horse Rider Problems – Get the information you need!

So rider problems can be grouped into
several categories and this talk this evening this quick talk is just
setting the scene for later videos that will come along so make sure you
subscribe and you’ll be able to watch the the future videos as well, so first
of all as I said, we’re looking at the groupings of rider problems if you
like, so common rider problems. One, problems of insecurity, lack of an
independent seat and symptoms for this include things such as losing the
stirrups, this is not necessarily losing them all together and this could be just
where and they start to clutter around on your feet for example, that’s also
losing the stirrups, meaning that you’re losing that detrimental relationship
with your stirrups. Your lower legs are no longer behaving properly,
more on that later. Hands that won’t stay still, that’s another sure sign that you don’t have an independent seat, and your hands
won’t stay still until you have an independant seat, because it’s not a matter
of just making your hands stay still. Still hands actually come from being
able to be in complete control of the various areas of your body while you’re
riding. Gripping knees another problem, people
will start to grip more as they feel insecure, so gripping knees is a sure
sign that somebody doesn’t yet have an independent seat. Wobbly disengaged legs,
and I call them disengaged meaning what’s happened is that the heel has
come up above the toe level, and then the lower leg has now become disengaged,
it’s no longer working correctly, so wobbly disengaged legs are another sure
sign of a lack of an independent seat. Bouncing is a very obvious one when the
horse moves at anything faster than a walk then you will tend to bounce
particularly in a faster trot and in a canter, and all these things tend to
result in a loss of confidence and create a vicious circle whereby the more
insecure you feel the more you might resort to gripping with your knees
harder, thinking it will keep you on when it won’t, bouncing more and so on. So problems of insecurity, lack of an independant seat. When you have an independant seat you can use any each part of your body without it affecting
another part, so for a good example of this for instance, a rider that doesn’t
yet have an independanct seat, watch a beginner rider, or think back to when
you were a beginner rider, and notice how when they use their legs for example
their hands shoot up in the air, that’s a sure sign of, obviously a
beginner rider does not yet have an independant seat but even more experienced riders can still have a certain amount of this behavior going on when they ride
and again the subject of rider biomechanics is looking
at these things in detail. Ironing out these problems. We have an article on
this subject of confidence, sorry on the subject of having an independent
seat on the horse riders mechanic website. So problems with your body, issues such as asymmetries of the body, everybody has some amount of crookedness, no one is a hundred percent straight and some people are a lot more obvious than
others but nobody is totally straight, it’s about learning to use what you have
as well as possible. Painful or injured joints are a common problem for all people really and a lot of horse riders have these problems because of the fact
that if they’ve been around horses for a while and they may have injured their
joints through falling off previously or just being around horses, walking on
unlevel ground for instance makes you more likely to go over an ankle and
sprain an ankle and so on, but the thing is that these these problems will
affect you when you ride, and it isnt necessarily you know a huge thing but if
you’re aware of it there’s a lot you can do to make it so that those joints
aren’t getting in the way of you riding better. And tiredness a big problem
especially for modern-day riders who actually usually have very busy
lifestyles and don’t just ride, they often they have other things going on in
their life as well, but with this the subject of tireness if your body if it is
working incorrectly whether that is due to asymmetries of your body, previous
injuries or because you’re trying to ride in a certain way or indeed a
combination of the above you’ll use more energy and get tired more quickly so
that’s something to keep in mind whereas if you can get everything working as
efficiently as possible you’ll use less energy and won’t get tired as quickly. So
other other problems include problems with the information that you might have
previously received so for example riders are often taught to do things
such as wrap their legs around the horse which is incorrect all this does is put
an unnatural twist on the joints, particularly in the knees and ankles and I
talk about this quite a bit more and I will do so in a later video. Gripping with your knees, Riders are often actually told to grip with the knees, in
fact in the old days riders were taught to ride this way on purpose, they were
taught to ride with a coin or a piece of paper between their knees and the saddle
because it was believed that gripping was what kept you on the horse, when in
fact it doesn’t at all, it’s all about balance. Push your heels down, again are
heels should be just slightly lower than our toes, but that doesn’t mean that our
heels should be pushed all the way down, as you can see in this picture here on
the right, what that means is that the shock absorbers are now at full
stretch so they can no longer work properly, so our heels should only be
slightly lower than our toes so that they can actually dip and spring and work
correctly. So riding coaches, unless they have a special interest in the subject
of rider biomechanics tend to teach what they were taught rather than what they
actually do so there is a lot of misunderstandings around the
intricacies of how people ride and what they should do when riding, and the
subject of rider biomechanics is not traditionally included in the education
of a riding coach so unless they actually have this special interest your
regular coach that may be very very good at getting you and your horse going
better that they might be just missing out on some very important elements that
needs sorting out in order for you to progress to the next level. Attitude
problems, mature riders for example tend to try too hard compared to children who
tend to go with the flow and mature riders do tend to overcomplicate the
subject so they tend to try try doing everything they’ve ever heard over the
years when, when it starts to get difficult, they start to overthink it
sometimes and start trying too hard as I said, and sometimes it seems that the
harder we try the harder it gets and frustration can occur because we
remember how easy it used to be if we rode as a child, that can actually add to
our frustration. And confidence issues these are a big problem, so confidence
issues will unravel your riding ability and can again lead to a downward spiral
of events so they are something that you really do need to get on top of and it
is possible to get your confidence back but you may also need to be realistic,
remember ignorance is bliss and when you
apply that saying to horse riding, it means that when we first start out we
don’t really know what can go wrong because we’ve never experienced it, so
and it’s not surprising that people who have been riding a long time often have
confidence issues and that’s because lots of things have
happened to them over the years. So, and also we have an article on this subject
as well on the horse riders mechanic website so have a look at that
when you get chance. Horse problems, it may be that you’re
riding the wrong horse for you and that could be totally or currently so it might mean that, you know currently, what I mean is
that it might be that you just need more education, you and your horse together
it might be that you just need to improve your seat and then you might
make a good partnershi, but in other cases it might be that your horse is just eroding your confidence rapidly and you really do need to think about
riding a different horse, for instance but it can be very difficult to give up
on a certain horse and this occurs for various reasons including peer pressure
you know we generally as a species of humans, we don’t like to give in, and it
might be that for example we’ve had the loss a long time,or we we bred the horse ourselves and we have a lot invested in the horse and
I’m not talking about money necessarily I’m talking about emotions and so on, if
we’ve had had the horse a long time then it can be very hard to
start riding another horse for example. Again there’s an article on this subject
on the horse rides mechanic website too. And gear problems, mainly saddles that
hinder rather than help, so as you can see in the picture on the left here this
saddle is not doing this rider any favors at all, and it’s it’s almost
impossible for a rider in such a saddle to get themselves in a good upright
position, so as you can see in this picture she’s actually sitting more
as you would on a chair then how you’re supposed to sit on a horse, again there is an article on the website – and so if you if you actually need and want, which obviously
you should do, to get your leg underneath you in the correct position you need a
saddle that’s going to help you to do that rather than hinder you. Gear problems also includes things like stirrups and footwear so for instance in
this picture on the left here you can see that the rider has tilted stirrup
treads and all this is doing is actually putting an unnatural twist on the ankle
and I have yet to come across a rider that these treads actually help, I’m sure
there are some people that they exist for but I haven’t met them yet, so be
very wary about using such things unless you have professional advice because
they can actually cause problems rather than help. Other other problems include
if you have very loose ankles, very loose joints then you need more
supportive footwear for instance so in this case, this rider who does have very
very flexible ankles is wearing the wrong gear for her, and is wearing short
boots and riding chaps which are not actually supporting her ankles
enough and that is partly the reason why he heels are actually going too far
down and notice as well how far forward her feet are because her heels are too
far down. So your ankles are your major
shock-absorbing joints when riding and you could call them your suspension
system, they work in conjunction with two other very important sets of joints when
it comes to riding, and that’s your knees and your hips and these joint should
absorb the movement of your body and your horse at the same time, they are an
interface if you like between you and your horse, and what that means is that
your horse is creating movement, by moving themselves, that movement is is
mainly upwards and forwards movement and you need to be able to absorb that
upwards and forwards movement into those joints of your body and if you can’t
then you will do things such as bounce, lose your stirrups, feel insecure, and may
possibly even feel as if you’re going to fall off, so riding well is about
learning how to absorb that movement that’s happening underneath you into in
particular these three sets of joints. It’s a good idea at this stage to think
about how flexible you were when you started out, it’s not always helpful to
look at how you are now because a lot might have happened to you between when
you were very young and and where you are now so think about how flexible you
were as a small child, some people are naturally very flexible they’re the ones
who can do backflips easily and the splits and so on, and other people even
when they were very young couldn’t actually do these gymnastic movements,
and so if you think about that then it can actually help you with with any
problems that you might be experiencing now, so first of all you need to assess
the joints that you have and they tend to fall into one of three groups either
too wobbly, just right, or too stiff and in terms of riding, as with many things
somewhere in the middle is actually the best, it’s not actually good to be
extremely flexible when it comes to riding, anybody who does have very
flexible joints will tell you that it actually is harder work when you
have a lot of flexibility in your joints, it means that your ligaments and muscles
and so on have to work harder in order to keep you riding properly and obviously if you’re too stiff it can be very difficult to
absorb that upwards and forwards movement has been created underneath you by the horse, so a rider that’s just right will tend to have joints that are
somewhere in between, and if you don’t then you might need to do certain
things that will help you to be around the just right level rather than too
wobbly or too stiff and I’ll talk about this more in further videos. So you can
actually, we come to the end of this video now you can read chapter 1 of the HRM Horse Riders Mechanic Workbook 1 – Your Position and the first two chapters of
HRM Workbook 2 – Your Balance for free on the website, so why not go along and have
a look and while you’re there there’s various articles for you to have a look
at as well, so go and have a look at those two books and start reading them. All the links you need are below… Don’t forget to subsribe so that you find out about new videos posted every week…

8 thoughts on “Common Horse Rider Problems – Get the information you need!

  1. I think I'll be the first one for you, who can't ride a horse without a (outside in) tilted stirrup rubber as the one you talk around 12:53.
    Why do I use them? Because I have had a knee operations, and ordinary stirrup rubber puts too much pressure on my knees after that.
    Other than that, nice video.

  2. I am getting medical treatment for a lack of mobility caused by a combination of old injuries and catastrophic illness. It's slowly working but I'm still not straight and still carry too much of my weight too far forward due to extreme immobility and curvature from the bottom of my shoulder blades to the top of my neck. If I don't lean my upper body too far back too much of my weight is too far forward on my poor horse. He doesn't deserve that so I compensate.

  3. Another thing to mention that might affect how you ride, especially if you are a woman in dressage, is most of the time, those saddles are built for men. We have completely different shaped hips. I've had this problem since I switched to dressage and I finally figured it out. Look into this if you are having pain or difficulty in keeping your seat and legs. Just a mention.

  4. Thank you for watching my video, let me know what you think in the comments below 😀

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