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    11-20-2011, 11:35 PM
Problem with leaning to the left

Alright, I just started showing at my college on the show team. Basically in my lessons my instructor has pointed out many times that I tend to lean to the left when I am riding. I have concentrated on posting to the right but it always feels weird because it is such a bad habit. I had my first show today, and was leaning pretty badly by the end of it, but I couldn't feel it. I do have slight scoliosis that I was just diagnosed with in june.
When I got off the horse in my class everyone noticed that my left shoulder is carried higher that my right shoulder! I was wondering if anyone has had this problem before and what they did to remedy it. I don't think just pushing my weight harder into my right heel will work because I was still leaning during the class. I was thinking about getting a "shoulders-back" device but im not sure whether that would serve the correct purpose.
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    11-20-2011, 11:37 PM
Example of this is:

    11-21-2011, 12:01 AM
Do you think you could benefit from some PT?
    11-21-2011, 12:03 AM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
Do you think you could benefit from some PT?
Maybe I just don't think that my parents would be up for the cost, and my college isnt near any pt places. I wonder if just like weights and lifting could help
    11-21-2011, 08:25 AM
You do lean indeed looking at the pic. And just to add: I do too to the right, but not as bad (and in my case it depends a lot on horse, I have this issue badly on lesson horses, but much less on my own that are very smooth). What I do (per my eventing instructor request when I ride the lesson horse) is to "point" my shoulder on bad side to the horse's ear on opposite side and raise my hand on bad side a little. That seems to help a lot.
    11-21-2011, 08:27 AM
BTW, I second at least one visit to PT to see if it'd help.
    11-23-2011, 08:44 PM
    11-23-2011, 09:16 PM
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Another member here was wondering why she had a persistant inability to sit up straight and found out it was due to Scoliosis. Have you ever been checked for this?
    11-23-2011, 10:54 PM
ADollop-look at the pic and you can see how your rib cage on your right side is closer to your pelvis than on your left. To compensate, riders will drop the shoulder. Have someone stand and watch you ride away at the walk in a straight line. What this person is looking for is your waist band to be parallel to the ground as should your shoulders. It will take a lot of correcting because you are also dealing with muscle memory and it's so easy to slip back into that old position. We are not looking for even stirrups but a level pelvis and level shoulders.
    11-24-2011, 03:45 AM
Did you doctor recommend any treatment or follow up for your scoliosis? If it is causing you to noticeably carry your body unevenly I wonder if it would be wise to seek some form or treatment now to avoid worse problems later in life.

FWIW, I was diagnosed with minor scoliosis when I was a young teen and my doc prescribed 25 sit ups per day. It helped prevent lower back pain and gave me a nicer stomach too! I'm not suggesting this is the right treatment for you but wanted to share that a physical therapist might give you some exercises that you can do at home. So you wouldn't be paying ongoing PT fees, but you could improve your posture and protect your health in the long term.

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