From the first day in the saddle, the rider is told “hold your heels down,” and from that moment on, the rider painfully tries to keep his heels down and presses them with force below the stirrup. Is this right, and why do we need to keep the heels down?
– Increases the contact area of the leg with the horse, which improves the impact of controls.
– Focuses the weight of the rider in the lower body. The heel lowered down serves as a support for finding the necessary balance in the saddle when the horse moves.
– Prevents slipping of the foot through the stirrup.
– Demonstrates flexibility and, therefore, the ability to perform the functions of a shock absorber. Continue reading
Trainer Annette Paterakis shared the story of her student Katie McNair to show how amateur riders can gain confidence.
Katie faced concentration problems that led the rider to disappointing results in the competition. Moreover, as a mother, it was difficult for her to distribute time and attention between family and horses. However, her story shows that you can find a balance between the areas of your life and at the same time achieve success in sports.
Annette Katie was advised by her trainer, Sally Amsterdamer. Katie returned to the saddle after a break, which she took for the sake of arranging her Continue reading