Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I greatly recommend you looking into Sally Swift - she will really help you educate yourself on proper balance and staying over your horses center of gravity, to aid your horse - and yourself of course.
The first thing I see in the video - is you are riding in a forward position in the tack. Your shoulders are ahead of the verticle, your shoulders aren't even aligned with your hips - so my question is, how can Sandie get off of her forehand...if you're on it? How can you aid Sandie to rock back under you, if you aren't even aiding your horse with your upper body?
Now, you aren't ahead of the verticle always, there are times I see you "up" and "opened - but not often.
As your Coach said - your hip angle is too closed. Get your seat in the saddle, get your upper body up and tall, straiten your lower back and relax. lol...easier said than done.
Your hollowed out lower back - how can you activate your core, to aid you in having a horse under you, when your balance is gushing out your front end? How can you keep your upper body tall, if your core isn't helping you?
As Sally Swift says - imagine a bowl of water being in the center of your belly. That's your balance. When you hollow out your lower back, guess what happens to that water? It gushes out the front end...you've unbalanced that bowl of water to create the bowl tipping over.
If you roach your lower back, what happens to that bowl of water? It gushes out your back end - you have to have a perfect level to keep that balance, that bowl of water, even.
Your body has to be working at all times, to aid your horse to do her job. Your upper body has to be at the verticle, your core has to be activated, your inside leg has to be bending the ribs and driving your horse into that outside rein, your outside leg has to keep your horse between your legs. Your outside rein must be supportive and to keep that outside shoulder from popping, your inside rein has to be giving and taking all the while - while you are riding from seat into legs into hands *takes a deep breath* whew!
First, I would correct your upper body, and that hollowed out lower back. Get yourself in the proper position, to aid your horse to come up to you.