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post #1 of 3 Old 05-24-2009, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting too hard

Hello all,

I'll new here (YAY) and have been reading up on some of the old threads to get up to speed. I've been riding for about a year, I'm 24, and am fairly confident (ie, still young and stupid ) and in pretty good shape.

I realized a few days ago that I sit harder on my left side than my right and am stiffer when I try to turn my body left too. It explains why every horse I ride wants to drift that way, and why trying to free up my left leg to work the clutch when I bought my stick-shift pickup was so hard. Do you guys know of anything I can do to re-train myself?

I don't think my balance is too bad, since I can walk/trot/canter stirrup-less without falling, but I'd still like it to be better. I'm working on my core strength in general right now too, so fitting in new exercises wouldn't be any problem.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-24-2009, 03:59 PM
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Chiropractics - they help immensely. I'm a firm believe though. If you are out, so is your horse.

Many top level riders get Chrio on a regular basis so that they can ensure that their pelvis is even, their leg length is even, their shoulders - etc, etc. For example, right now I am out, and I know I am out because my one pant leg is longer than the other.

My Pelvis needs re aligning.

So that might help you out :) If you do decide to get a Chrio, make sure they are one who takes xrays first.


Pilate's - maaaaannny riders do pilate's now. If you want, pick up Sally Swifts DVD's or books - whichever, I am a visual learner so DVD's help me much more than books.

She is the guru of centered riding, balance and how to achieve this.

I am sure there are others on here who can give you great advice :) Spyder, Anebel are Dressage Queens and they always have great advice to help position and functionallity in the saddle.

JDI might beable to help you out as well.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-24-2009, 04:53 PM
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Great post MIEventer. Chiros are great and I could never live without mine. There are really 2 kinds though, manipulators and thumpers (that is what I call them anyway). Manipulators are the ones that bend your body into a pretzel and make your back pop. That is the kind that I like. And the thumpers are the ones who use pressure and those thumper things to re-align you. It is something to think about which one you might like to try before you start looking. Stretching will also help because long relaxed tendons and muscles are always easier to use than short tight ones.
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