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    09-27-2012, 08:23 PM
Help with getting left shoulder back?

I have had the problem of my left shoulder going forward for a while now. My instructor and I found out that it stemmed from having my left heel jammed forward. Well, I fixed that problem but my left shoulder still drifts forward and its really hard to get back where it supposed be and as soon as I am not 100% focused on it, it goes forward again. It also gets alot worse when I am jumping. Can I please have some tips to fix this problem? Its putting me and the horse off balance.
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    09-27-2012, 08:45 PM
It's going to be a case of consciously repositioning your body each time you feel yourself come off balance. Eventually the correct position will be indented to muscle memory and you won't need to think about it. I find that a lot of shoulder problems, stem from lack of balance through your seat. If you sit right back onto your seat bones, bring your elbows back and down - think of glueing your elbows to your hips - and allow the elbow to act as a hinge, I think you will find that your shoulder issue improves.
Some lunge lessons would be beneficial, to allow you to focus solely on your position rather than what the horse is doing.
    09-27-2012, 09:01 PM
Its not like I am losing my balance suddenly its like my shoulder slowly drifts forward until my balance shifts so I am just enough off to the side for my balance to be less than perfect. Which is kind of hard to notice until its too late.
    09-27-2012, 09:19 PM
Hence, lunge lessons will be of great benefit. It will give you a chance to focus soley on this issue.
    09-27-2012, 09:28 PM
Thanks a bunch!
Do you know of any exercises off the top of your head that I could do when I am just riding around and not in a lesson?
    09-27-2012, 09:31 PM
The one I said in my first response, thinking of glueing your elbow to your hip, has always helped students that I have taught with similar issues. I also use it on myself to help engage my core. It's a great all round exercise to think about.
    09-27-2012, 09:37 PM
Haha thanks. Wow I have been sounding like a blithering idiot XD
    09-27-2012, 09:53 PM
My right shoulder was always forward during my last lesson... It turns out I was accidentally doing it to keep Sonny on the wall! We fixed it.. eventually.
    10-21-2012, 08:30 PM
I have a problem with my outside shoulder creeping forward. My trainer tells me to look to the outside for a few strides to square my shoulders. When your shoulder starts to creep forward, try looking to the left. It works for me!
    10-30-2012, 04:07 PM
Also recommend hitting the gym or doing some improvised weights at home. Strengthen and train your body to perform how you want it. Be aware of how you hold yourself in everyday life, focus on walking upright square shoulders.

I have a mild winged shoulder. My shoulder blades are uneven (one sits further in and tends to drop) but not bad like affect range of movement or daily function. It was noticeable if knit picking and my trainer was always yelling at me to sit straight and square and that they weren't up and even. I was puzzled, I thought I was sitting square and well. By fluke my orthopedist caught it, and since then I have been able to tailor my upper back and arm workouts, as well as my movements to strengthen it back to a better position.

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