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post #1 of 15 Old 10-05-2009, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Arched or Straight Back?

Hey everyone!

I was just thinking, whenever you're riding are you supposed to have an arched back or a straight back?

When I ride I never get told to arch my back so I'm guessing not. Plus I would imagine it would put more stress on your lower back. I'm always told shoulders back, chest out, NOT arched back. Am I assuming right?

Sometimes I also lean in with my inside shoulder around the corners; how can I fix this? We're working on that in my lessons but I always like to use the forum for little "cheats" that my trainer may not think of

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-05-2009, 08:57 PM
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When you push your shoulders back and chest forward it creats a slight arch in your back. When jumping (my trainer at least) as us arch our back as much as possible, but for flat work just like you said-shoulders back chest forward.
As far as leaning into your inside shoulder, while I don't have any great tips just focus on keeping your shoulders squared up with the horses' shoulders.
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-05-2009, 08:58 PM
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You're supposed to have a straight back. An arched back is uncomfortable (mostly in the long run, but also while it's arched) and it's harder to get the correct body control and position when your back is arched.
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According to George Morris:

"The trunk of the body should be carried erect with the shoulders relaxed and the chest opened. A slight arch should support the upper back, but care must be taken not to arch the lower back, as this will bring the seat out of the saddle... Two commonly observed posture faults are the stiff, hollow, "swayback" and the sloppier, hunch-shouldered, rounded "roachback". Both of these undermine the use of weight as an aid.


I think the key words are SLIGHT ARCH otherwise you get into the stiff "swayback" catagory
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-05-2009, 10:21 PM
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george morris is a hunter trainer, if im not mistaken. most hunters lean a little more forward than what might be acceptable in say wp or dressage.
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I arch my back, but that's just the way I'm built. My back has a natural arch, I cann't straighten it even just standing. THat said, a straight back or slight arch is fine. Too much arch doesn't do any good and is very uncomfortable for most people
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-06-2009, 07:40 AM
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george morris is a hunter trainer, if im not mistaken. most hunters lean a little more forward than what might be acceptable in say wp or dressage.
True, but leaning is not the same as arching.

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post #8 of 15 Old 10-06-2009, 11:13 AM
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I arch my back, but that's just the way I'm built. My back has a natural arch, I cann't straighten it even just standing. THat said, a straight back or slight arch is fine. Too much arch doesn't do any good and is very uncomfortable for most people

Same here. :)
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-06-2009, 10:42 PM
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Straight back. Shoulders back and keep your belly button sucked in to your spine, using your core. Your back shouldn't "arch" more than just a tad. Human backs don't typically come straight as a board. =]

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post #10 of 15 Old 10-07-2009, 07:38 PM
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Straight.
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