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post #11 of 23 Old 05-09-2010, 04:54 AM
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Sit on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Then only using your pelvis and core muscles tip the chair forwards. Easier said than done! It really shows you if your core muscles are up to scratch or not.

Another one to test your core, stand on the ground with your feet apart like you're on a horse. Bend your knees a little, then keeping that position (all your lines etc straight.... ear shoulder hip heel and elbow wrist hand) lift your heels off the ground (stand on the balls of your feet), hold it for a few seconds then go back down again and repeat a few times. You CANNOT shift your position from the knees bent or loosing any of your straight lines, so the strength to lift your heels actually comes from the core.
I know so many people that cannot do this really very straight forward exercise, and sure enough, they are typically those who struggle to get engagement on their horses and to half halt using their back ;)
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haha i recon

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Originally Posted by Kayty

haha i recon

I've got no clue :)

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Great exercises for the lunge or arena work:

Drop *one* stirrup. See if you can still sit evenly. This will really let you know if you tend to brace in your stirrups, because you'll be wildly off balance as soon as you brace. Switch back and forth, dropping one, then the other, until it doesn't affect your position or balance.

Find a thin crop or stick and place it under your seatbones, see if you can keep it still. A great way to diagnose crookedness - when the stick moves under you, you know you've taken the weight off of one seat bone.

Hold your reins in your outside hand and stretch your inside hand up above your head. Pay attention to how it feels and how it changes your horses way of going. Ride your horse in increasingly smaller circles and continue to stretch up and pay attention to how it feels.

Most of us drop our inside shoulder to some degree without realizing it; some riders actually collapse more than just the shoulder to the inside. Try this one if you feel like your horse leans in on turns - correcting your balance miracuously corrects the horse's.

That's all I can think of for right now.
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Maura, I'll be using your inside shoulder trick tomorrow morning when I ride! I am shocking with collapsing to the inside but only to the right. I had an injury to my right hip and shoulder a few years ago, and now I think I just use that as an excuse to collapse when it is easily strong enough to be upright. Will use your tip and see if it helps me out, as even when I'm concentrating on it, when you're on a green horse your mind quickly forgets one thing and tries to sort something else out haha!
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Do what's hard, but do it with relaxation. Translation: Practice the things that are hardest for you, but don't let your body tense up as you over-focus on it.

Perfect practice makes perfect -- Don't force yourself to keep doing the sitting trot, for example, if all you're doing is bouncing. Give yourself a break, then try again.
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post #17 of 23 Old 05-17-2010, 07:09 PM
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Shoulders back.
Hands off horse's mane.
Heels down.
Eyes looking straight ahead.
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post #18 of 23 Old 05-17-2010, 07:18 PM
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Ah, there are so many good excersises in this thread. I'm looking forward to trying them out.

A classic - if you find you ride with your thumbs facing inward towards each other [trolley hands, piano hands] ride with a crop underneath your thumbs. This forces you to hold your hands in the correct position.

No stirrup trot. You'll hurt like hell the next day but it's so worth it.

Standing up in the stirrups and putting your weight down into your stirrups will help you determine whether you are sitting straight with the weight evenly in both stirrups.
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post #19 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 02:32 AM
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One my friend taught me before Nationals one year:
Place a broom handle in front of your elbows and behind your back, while doing a posting trot bareback. It's a killer, but it works.
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-19-2010, 04:50 PM
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^^ We had to do the same, but when we were practising jumping position on the flat in trot! It was really painful, but teaches you to keep your back straight and shoulders open.

There are so many tips here! On Friday I am definately going to try them out with Night...

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