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    04-25-2010, 09:00 PM
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".
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    04-25-2010, 09:04 PM
Wow. Lol congrats on your new knowledge! :)
    04-25-2010, 09:10 PM
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Haha that's 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
    04-25-2010, 10:24 PM
Haha, don't you love moments when you realize things like that?
    04-30-2010, 12:53 PM
LOL. That is the reason we keep on riding!
    05-02-2010, 12:01 AM
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...

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