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Ask Alexandra Paillot : I have trouble with gripping with my knees, do you have any advice?

Ask Alexandra Paillot : I have trouble with gripping with my knees, do you have any advice?
Hi Tim,

Actually it s not a bad thing if you do because you should not be gripping with your knees!
What should be in contact with your saddle and your horse are : your thighs, and your calves, not your knee (that part of your body should not be touching or gripping the saddle), maybe try lengthening your stirrups, so that your leg falls more naturally and relax, down and in contact with the horse.
Try to focus on putting weight in your stirrups, and remember for a good position there should be a vertical line with : shoulders, pelvis and heels (that should keep your knees out of the way).
Hope that helps,
Alex