Duh...it's all connected! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 04-25-2010, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
Duh...it's all connected!

Holy cow I'm such a goof. I have literally been working on this problem for years. No matter how hard I try, I sit more heavily to the right. I've tried everything from riding with one stirrup, no stirrups, dropping the picking them back up. No luck. I recently heard myself making excuses to my instructor about how I could never ride perfectly straight because I have a slight C curve in my spine which keeps my right shoulder lower than my left. A few days later I was trotting on the right rein and attempting to loosen my upper body to allow my horse to step into the bridle more. I started shrugging my inside right shoulder by bringing it up and back, and boom, my horse sprung forward into a fantastic working trot, like nothing he's ever done before. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how I did that until I heard myself make the same crooked spine excuse again. I shut my eyes, started walking around on my horse and raised and lowered my right shoulder. In an instant I realized I was a complete idiot since every time I raised my right shoulder, my left leg and seat bone lowered. THE PIECES ARE CONNECTED! Who knew! Well, at least it didn't take me 10 more years to figure it out, and our trotting is much improved. I think I'll write a book called "Lightbulb moments for dummies".

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 04-25-2010, 08:04 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: United States,baby!
Posts: 1,390
• Horses: 2
wow. lol congrats on your new knowledge! :)
thunderhooves is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 04-25-2010, 08:10 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: alberta
Posts: 2,747
• Horses: 1
haha thats why we love dressage!
Haha our coaches should get prizes, my poor coach, one day i just COUDL NOT get the right canter! i almsot started crying/laughing/crying even more at myself. She just patently sat there and let me vent, then she said something simple, like, look up, or 'sit in th emiddle of the saddle' or something like that, so i did, asked for the right lead and bam, we had a great right canter. haha it made me want to get off and bash my head on the wall.

its amazing how much our position changes the horses! haha i was riding today and just couldn get a nice balanced extension...kathleen walked into the arena, barely glanced at me, and told me to keep my contact and just think longer strides. best extension i have ever gotten. haha.

congrats on your 'lightbulb' moment! hasha and if you ever right that book, i want to help! haha

If there are no horses in heaven... im not going.
ridergirl23 is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 04-25-2010, 09:24 PM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 2,348
• Horses: 1
Haha, don't you love moments when you realize things like that?
Carleen is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 04-30-2010, 11:53 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: South Africa.
Posts: 1,168
• Horses: 3
LOL. That is the reason we keep on riding!

flamingauburnmustang is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 05-01-2010, 11:01 PM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Western US
Posts: 1,059
• Horses: 3
Oh that is wonderfullllllll~
I swear after all my injuries especially the neck injury and surgeries....I thought I would never be able to sit evenly in the saddle. I was so dang crooked physically.
But. I just kept riding and eventually things just like your experience with the sensation of what your body is doing and your how your horses body responds... finally clicked....then it just got better and better...
Now i am so much more comfortable and riding does not hurt after spinal surgery...
Yay for your progress...I am excited for you...
HalfPass is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Couple looking for a job connected with horses Karolina Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 04-13-2008 09:50 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome