Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I would definitely look into you getting chiro work, for sure - and your horse. I have imbalance issues too, I for some reason lean to the right.
I had a saddler come out, and she put this funky "Playdough" pad on before I rode, and when we were done after she watched us in the indoor arena for some time, she took the pad off and it showed where all the pressure ends up. The left side was still pretty "normal" in shape, but the right side, all the "innerds" of the pad were smushed...intreaguing.
That would make sense why our corners and turns to the right, suck....
I love Sally Swift - she really helps with balance issues, and she really helps with keeping your aware of balance issues.
Also, exercises I do while I am in the saddle -
1) I take my feet out of my irons, and let them dangle on Nelson's sides. Then I lift them up - outward motion from Nelson's side, to away from his side *hope that makes sense*
I do a few reps of that.
2) While feet are out of irons....I take 1 leg and close my knee angle, until my foot is near my butt. I'd say, lift it up until you get to your horses hipish area. And then push it back, like a donkey kick.
I do a few reps of that as well.
3) While feet are in the irons. While at a halt. I sit as balanced as I can, without any pinching or gripping. I then reach forward to touch Nelson's ears/poll area...and make a concious effort of not allowing my legs or feet to move.
I then reach behind me, to touch Nelson's tail/butt and make a concious effort of not allowing my legs to move.
I have to think of others.....I'm drawing a blank right now......