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How to do a rocking horse move on ice skates

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Are you new to ice skating? Are you taking lessons? If you are, you may have already been taught in your skating class how to do a rocking horse move on ice skates. It's a fun and easy move that most new ice skaters can do. The rocking horse will help you eventually be able to stroke both forward and backward and is a great knee bending exercise.

Here's how:

  1. Put your heels together in a "V" position.
  2. Bend your knees.
  3. Use those knees to help yourself glide forward on two feet..
  4. Draw a football shape on the ice with both of your skates as you move forward.
  5. Next, keep moving forward.
  6. When you have drawn about half of the "football shape" on the ice, turn your toes into a "pigeon toe position" and keep moving forward until you can make your toes touch one another. (Kiss your toes together!)
  7. Bend your knees again with the toes still touching.
  8. Use your knees to move yourself backward and glide backward on two feet.
  9. Again, draw that football shape on the ice with both of your skates.
  10. Now, keep moving backward on two feet.
  11. When you have drawn half of the "football shape" on the ice, point your toes out and keep gliding backward until your heels touch one another. (Kiss those heels together!)
  12. Do the above over and over again.


  • Don't be discouraged if you can't get your toes and heels to touch immediately.
  • Bend those knees!
  • Pressing the blades to inside edges is the key to the rocking horse ice skating move.
  • Have fun!

Further reading:

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