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        11-15-2010, 10:48 AM
      #21
    Trained
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    An exercise I heard that's great for putting more weight in one stirrup is this.. (and i've never tried it, I just heard of it from someone who did it in a Joe Fargis clinic)

    Take both stirrups off, unbuckle the leathers, then buckle them both to each other (left leather to right buckle, right leather to left buckle). So your 2 stirrups will be one big circle with your irons hanging off the end, does that make sense? Lay that on top of the seat of your saddle and ride. If you put more weight on one side? You'll know. :)

    Another thing a dressage clinician told me is to be careful what shoulder you hang your purse off of. She said your back is not straight or balanced when you're carrying a purse and always carrying it on the same side will make one side a little stronger then the other. Interesting thought.

    The good news is I don't see a lot of tilting or slouching... but there's definitely some unevenness! And yeah, that can definitely add to back soreness! Try the Joe Fargis exercise, I'm curious to see how it works!
    Upnover! THANK YOU!!! I am definitely going to try this out! I appreciate that veyr much!

    I appreciate everyone's input, I am thankful that I am getting the help to take a step back and look at the whole picture - *hugs*
         
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        11-15-2010, 10:53 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    You're welcome! I hope it works for you! And you know... there might not be a straight answer for "why" this is happening. It might have started off as your left stirrup stretching out a little more, or Nelson's back being muscled unevenly, which makes you sit unevenly, which will make your saddle slide, wear the padding differently, which makes Nelson even more uneven, which will only make you worse, etc etc.... but I'm glad you caught yourself!
         
        11-15-2010, 12:24 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Yes, Tanya is my friend. I'm glad to hear she is coming out. Good luck, I hope you find out what is going on.
         
        11-15-2010, 01:37 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I always check that my saddle is straight before and after mounting. My extreme issues actually cause me to twist my saddle from all the weight I'm putting in the right stirrup. I would adjust my saddle quite frequently to get it back to centre because eventually I could feel the twist in my hips. Shortening the one stirrup has pretty much alleviated the problem, aside from still dropping my left shoulder without realizing it.

    I saw a chiropractor regularily and he actually told me there was nothing else he could do for me. I have severe back problems ever since a car accident about 8 years ago, I'm hoping my doctor can refer me to someone who may be able to help as I'm crooked even off the horse, just standing.
         
        11-15-2010, 03:46 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Off topic but love the facial markings on your horse :^)
         
        11-16-2010, 10:38 AM
      #26
    Foal
    MIE, how did it go with Tanya last night?
         

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