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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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I am crooked....

My last lesson on my lovely, willing, TB did not go well. We were working on my balance, etc. and just doing walk circles. To the left was really nice - to the right, a disaster. It was the battle of the bulge x 12.

After much thinking, it finally hit me - I am crooked and my poor horse is doing what my conflicting cues tell him to do. Apparently, I ride off my left hip all the time.

So, I have been riding one of the schoolies and trying to fix me. It seems that when I feel like I am totally sitting on my right seat bone, I am straight. I figured this out because after re-enacting the bulge battle on the mare, once I got straight, we won and did a nice circle to the right.

I know none of you are medical experts, but is this something I can continue to do on my own and eventually I will even out? Or is it time to see a professional - like a sports chiro?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-22-2012, 09:31 PM
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Does anyone offer yoga on horseback lessons in your area? I have a horrible time getting my left hip in front of my right for the right lead canter. While I'll always be crooked, the yoga helps separate out the body parts and use them more indepentently.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-22-2012, 10:00 PM
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Practise practise! I was also a crooked rider bit didn't find out till I started dressage lessons. It took a bit of retraining my mind and body but I'm way better now. I would also see a chiro or message therapist to make sure your in at the right places
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-22-2012, 10:02 PM
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Get a video of yourself if you can. I find that I can be told a hundred times that I'm doing something incorrectly (and I can believe it a hundred times too) but it's not until I can actually *see* it that I can understand it well enough to fix it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-22-2012, 10:57 PM
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Took me about a month, focusing on this. I discovered I was leading with one hip, my right. While working on this I focused on even pelvic pressure. That can drive a person nuts and you think you have it, well maybe not quite, ok, well no, a tad more, oh, too much...............
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-23-2012, 12:52 AM
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That's me still.

It was a never ending battle for me. For me, it was as my hips were always going left... even if I was bending to the right. Grabbing the saddle cantle and turning right helped a little, and my coach at the time also had me over bending my knee (my leg position was terrible, but I was straight on my seatbones).

Eventually, she told me, go see a physio. And I did. And guess what? He was shocked as to how misaligned my hips were. They were literally bending left, even laying down neutrally. Did lots of sessions with him (my lower back muscle was partially atrophied too, he used some sort of electric thing to stimulate the muscle into being again) , gave me lots of core excerises to do at home and he adjusted me everytime I saw him. Finally, I'm straight!

Physically, that is. Now I'm still working on correcting my muscle memory. So, if it's been going a long time and you can't fix it... maybe you need to see a specialist of some sort.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-24-2012, 06:28 PM
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according to daniel stewart, a celebrity trainer / physical-riding therapist / equestrian psychology teacher etc...

ANYWAYS. He gave some crazy numbers like "3/5 riders have lateral balance problems (what you have). And like 3/4 riders don't always keep a proper vertical line (when viewed from the side). This guys works with top level eventers and schooling kids and everything in between so that's a pretty eye opening statement. His clinics involve a TON of video analysis (and a psych lecture that'll make you laugh and feel better about riding than ANYTHING) in between the 2 main riding sessions so he gets into that stuff a lot.

You probably drive... your left leg is held in to your left and is always kept a bit stiffer than your left. Your left probably hangs out with knee a bit off to the left (opened) and is TOTALLY relaxed. That alone can make major imbalances.

There are physiatrist (not physician), sport medicine physical therapists, and the new thing is these kinesthesiologists (movement specialists). My chiropractor didnt know what kinesthesiologists are but I keep hearing it like its the new thing. Also my chiropractor only wanted to crack my back and make me lay on stupid roller tables. I ended up with new pains in my back in the places he cracked that are still trying to heal (quit a month ago) the sport med physical therpists most likely won't have a clue how to REALLY pinpoint the imbalance and fix it... trust me. Lol. Unless its a true equestrian therapist, which are for the rich people. I would try a physiatrist first, then a kinesthesiologist, then maybe a sport med PT. Also there is an amazing thing called "The Feldenkrais Method" and "The Alexander Method". There are books, videos, classes for those. They will probably help you more than ANYTHING. And help you never have back, knee, etc problems ever also. Compared to those.. yoga is like childsplay. Not to say they're harder than yoga, they will teach you more about your body than yoga and find these strange imbalances and fix them... easier than yoga! :)


Go here and click about him to see how awesome this guy is... I've seen some of his stuff and its amazing!
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-27-2012, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for the suggestions!
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