Newbie introduction and tips for a girl back in the saddle?

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    04-15-2012, 02:04 PM
Newbie introduction and tips for a girl back in the saddle?

Hi everyone!
I am new to the forum, but have been reading for a while. I have been riding for about a year now after having almost 3 years off from a really bad car accident.
I have a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, shoulder injuries, internal artery injuries… The list basically goes on and on.
I have been working a lot on basic flat work and small jumps (under 1 foot) and my instructor says that I am doing very well. But I have one constant problem with my riding that I never had before. POSTURE.
My shoulder is much weaker on the left side because of my injuries, and I am doing a ton of rehab to this day to work on this. But my shoulder always falls forward (especially when I am in the canter). Do any of you guys have any tips to do at home/while you are riding that can help train my shoulder to stay straight?! It's really beginning to aggravate me.
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    04-15-2012, 02:30 PM
Other than your rehab I might recommend this to help out when your riding.

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    04-15-2012, 02:34 PM
Good luck to you on your rehab!! I have witnessed TBIs, and wish you a happy recovery. I am not sure if this would work or not, but maybe your instructor can put you on a lunge line, and you can work on arm stretches. This might help your mobility and also increase your strength in different areas.
    04-20-2012, 12:16 PM
Thank you guys! I'm going to try talking to my instructor about doing some lunge work on Saturday, and I really like the back support… Sorry for the late reply. I forgot I posted anything lol.
Will be looking in to both options this week :)

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