Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I too have to agree - you look so much better, AND to boot, your horse looks SO MUCH happier!
You have quite a curve in your lower back, as you already know and mentioned - work on straitening that out - and then, you'll beable to activate your core *tummy muscles* which will greatly aid you in impulsion, balance, rhythm etc, etc.
As the Great and late (R.I.P) Sally Swift always taught -
Imagine a bowl of water in your belly, and that water is representing your balance. The moment you arch your lower back, you've now allowed that bowl of water to become unstable and it gushes out your front end. The moment your roach your lower back, again, you've allowed that bowl to become unstable, and the water gushes out your back end.
You want perfect balance - which means a strait lower back.
So imagine someone is direclty behind you, reaching their hand through your back and out your belly button, and grabs a hold of you and pulls back.
Not that great of an image, but it works :)
Your horse looks much softer too, and it is nice to see that you are allowing him to open up and move out from under himself.
What exercises are you doing together during your Flat Work sessions?
Is it my eyes, or does he *the horse* look very downhill? Conformation wise I mean?
Great improvement! Keep up the great work!