Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I board at a very large Hunter/Jumper barn, and the arch in the lower back seems to be a "popular" thing - and just as already stated by Alison - it is an unfunctional form that pins in the Hunter ring because it is "pretty".
As already stated, the lower back arch makes the rider unfunctional. As the "Late and Great" Sally Swift said:
Imagine a bowl of water resting in your center. You as the rider must keep it balanced and centered so that no water spills. That water, represents your balance.
If you arch your lower back, you've now become unbalanced and that water will now gust out your front end.
If you roach your lower back, you have once again, become unbalanced, and all that water now gushes out your back.
By keeping your lower back strait, you are more functional as a rider for your horse, than you would be with a hollowed out lower back and a roached lower back.
Also, lets examine your core. What is the most important factor when riding? Your core. Your core is the center of everything with your riding, to remain functional and solid, you must have an activated core. By you hollowing out your lower back, you've lost alot of the ability to use your core properly.
While sitting there, arch your lower back. Try to activate your core. Feel it. Now, while sitting there, straiten your lower back, now - activate your core again. Feel it.
Can you feel a difference between the two? I most definately can.
That core, is VERY important. When you are riding, it must be in use every stride your horse takes. It cannot be useful, with a hollowed out lower back.
Just as Alison said, go get George Morris's Equitation books and show them to your coach and ask her who is correct - her, or the "god" of Hunter/Jumpers, George Morris.
Ask her why, why is she wanting you to have a hollowed out lower back. Ask her how does that make you a functional rider.