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        08-19-2009, 12:06 AM
    What's Wrong With My Back?

    Okay. Apparently at the trot, mostly the posting trot, I do this odd thing with my back. My trainer says my shoulders are good, by my back is odd. It doesn't happen at the canter or the walk.

    I do have 2 CRAPPY quality videos. They were taken with my cell phone. I looked at the better quality version from my phone, and my heels APPEAR to be down. I had a bad ankle sprain in May, which I am still gaining my strength back from. I also started riding Western. I don't know if it happens in an English saddle, but I'm not sure it would matter. I've been doing no-stirrup and bareback work lately.

    Here's the first.

    And here's the 2nd.. excuse the last few seconds, my instructor is technologically challenged.

    Is there anything I can do to help it? I also know I lurch forward from canter to trot. I'm doing lungework to fix that. And the reason for the ADD in the middle of the circle-- my instructor offered water.

    This was my 2nd time riding that horse.. I was letting my horse heal from a stone bruise. He is a LOT faster than my horse.

    I'm going back to my trainer in Thursday.
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        08-20-2009, 11:52 PM
    I can't see well enough to really give any advice. What it looks like to me is either you have a baggy shirt on, or you are rounding your lower back when you sit. Keep a little bit of an arch in your lower back, hold in your abs to keep your core strong, and relax through your hips and pelvis.
        08-22-2009, 02:26 PM
    You're rounding your lower back coming back down into the saddle, work on sitting up straighter overall, imagine there's an imaginary string that starts in your seat and goes straight up through ur stomach, chest, neck, and head and pulls you straight upwards, giving you just enough leaway to sit that one beat of the trot

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