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post #11 of 17 Old 04-10-2013, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
I'm a guy. When I walk, my hips stay still.
Technically, your pelvis stays still. If your hip joints aren't moving, neither are you.
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The confusion comes in when people talk about pushing a hip bone forward. This is not the correct movement as you will end up like BSMS described - crooked!
You want to feel instead that you are 'lifting' the inside seat bone/hip. Which basically places more weight on your outside seat bone, it's actually more to do with your core than your actual hip.
Try it on a wooden seat or bench. Sit tall straddling the seat like you are sitting in the saddle. Feel each of your seat bones, weight one, then the other. Once you work out where they are and how they move according to how you engage your core, try 'lifting' one seat. Its a barely imperceptible movement, but it does make a world of difference in the canter strike off.
My own horse will not canter unless you lift the inside hip. Then he will strike off immediately with no leg aid needed.

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Originally Posted by Sahara View Post
Technically, your pelvis stays still. If your hip joints aren't moving, neither are you.
It's called levitation.....I always new BSMS was special.....
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Your pelvis is three pieces, but they are held together very solidly and can only move as one block. So, you can only rock the inside seatbone by also rocking the outside; they are locked together. however, you can dip the outside of your pelvis lower than the inside, thus have less pressure on the inside seatbone becuse it comes up. YOu can twist your whole pevis left or right, and combine that with raising/lowering one side, you can get what feels like moving one side independently of the other. But, it is NOT independent.
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
I'm a guy. When I walk, my hips stay still.

That's an exact quote from my husband!

Is that you, Dan?

And my husband has never been injured on a horse like you, BSMS, but his hips still don't move when he walks. It's anatomically impossible, I know, but I've watched him, and somehow it works.

But I do think a lot of men are at a disadvantage on a horse, because their pelvis really is designed, built, and moves differently than a woman's. Maybe it's not a disadvantage. Maybe it's just different. There's no doubt my husband has to move differently at a canter than I do.

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how boring.
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