10-10-2009, 12:35 PM
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Lets bring up Sally Swift. The phenominal equestrian who taught and stressed in her teachings about balance.
If you are not balanced, nor is your horse. If you are off. So is your horse.
Where does your balance start? Your core, and your seat.
The reason why we see riders with arched backs, comes from a certain equestrian world. It is rooted to their light seat when they ride on the flat and over fences. Their backs are arched because they rock onto their crotches to "lighten" their seat - when in reality they should be lightening their seat through their heels and lower leg by putting all their bodies weight into them. And their upper bodies ahead of the verticle, throwing their weight onto their horses forehand.
So then we see a hollowed out lower back. And then it spread. Many riders copy what they see, without understanding why they are doing what they are doing.
Back to Sally Swift.
We want to ride on all 3 points of our seat. Why? To better activate our core.
Our core, is the heart beat to balance. Imagine a bowl of water in the middle of your belly. If you hollow out your lower back, you've now disrupted that bowl of water *balance* and made it dump out your front end. You've lost it.
If you roach your lower back, again, you've disrupted that bowl of water and it now dumps out your back end. You've lost it.
You want to keep that bowl balanced. You as the rider, wants to remain balanced to help keep their horss in balance.
When your upper body creaps forward, you are off balance. When you rock onto your crotch, you rae off balance. When you rock onto your seat bones, you are off balance. When you hollow out your lower back, you are - off balance.
Use your core. Your core is the key to it all. Your core is uneffective with a hollowed out lower back as well.
Balance is the answer.