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    07-15-2013, 10:44 AM
Awful Posture-- Please Help!

I recently had a family member videotape my lesson so I could see how my riding was doing from an observer's standpoint. My instructor has been often reminding me to "open my shoulders" or "sit up taller". From the video, I've been able to witness just how bad it really is: I have a consistently rounded back and hunched shoulders on the flat, and a rounded turtle-back over fences. Additionally, I have picked up a random habit of leaning to the inside of the arena and dropping my inside shoulder.
Do you know of any ways I can correct this, both during my lesson or maybe through exercises on the ground?
Thanks!! -liveluvride
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    07-15-2013, 12:13 PM
You need to retrain muscle memory. But one simple exercise will help your improve what you've been doing and that is to consciously lift your rib cage and diaphragm. Your chest will rise, your back with straighten and your shoulders will open. You will need to practise this until it is second nature and you don't even think about it.
    07-17-2013, 09:54 AM
I had the same problem with hunched shoulders and back. What helped me was trying to squeeze my shoulder blades together. I still have this problem but it is getting better. Another thing that helped is watching professional riders on youtube and looking at their back posture and then trying to mimic it while I ride. Also just trying to have good posture even when not on a horse can help.
    07-17-2013, 11:42 AM
Thread a whip/stick through your elbows/behind your back while you are riding.
    07-17-2013, 06:02 PM
Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I will definitely try these out!!
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    07-17-2013, 11:51 PM
A friend of mine had a terrible habit of rolling her shoulders and her desk job didn't help things either, so she got a back brace thing.

Have a look at these: ShouldersBack

    07-19-2013, 12:00 AM
Thanks, I've actually been looking at those 'shouldersback' things at my local tack shop- I think at this point I'm willing to give it a try!
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