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    10-17-2010, 11:26 PM
Originally Posted by Arksly    
Are you slouching? If that is the case then your trainer might be telling you to arch your back so you have a straighter back? I don't think it's the best way to word it but I could see how it could work.
That's what I'm thinking.

Maybe when you think you have a straight back, you're really slouching/have rounded shoulders. So, when your instructor tells you to arch you're back and you do, it's really just straight.

Kind of like when my trainer used to tell some students in my lesson to canter - they'd go really slow over the fences. So, she'd tell them to GALLOP! And they would go faster, not galloping, but a more forward pace for jumping.
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    10-17-2010, 11:42 PM
Absolutly not! I do not ride at that barn! I was looking at pictures of me riding and I do slouch with a roudned back! So maybe that's why she said that! I
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    10-17-2010, 11:47 PM
Green Broke
^^Agree with MyBeau.

Also, sometimes arching your back will help you sit back in the saddle and actually sit down in it when trying to stop a horse.....
    10-18-2010, 12:23 AM
Thats it!!!!! I get it because I perch my self forward!!! I get it! Yay!!!!!!!
    10-18-2010, 11:13 AM
Maybe your trainer means to bring your shoulders back so your back is more flat. An arch in your back while jumping is not a good thing to have. Next lesson you have you should ask what is meant by arching your back.
    10-18-2010, 06:12 PM
I am a horrible shoulder sloucher. Arching my back would not do a thing. I'd look like a shrimp. If you're an overall hunchback, then yes, arching would even that out. It would be more a muscle memory relearning thing. If your back is flat all the way up to your shoulders and goes bad from there, overcorrect for awhile by bringing your shoulders back with the intent of trying to touch your shoulderblades together. Over time it will also even itself out in terms of muscle memory. A good way of figuring out which problem you have is to ride with a long crop sticking out of your pants. If you hit the crop lower down, you're a hunchback. If you have contact with it all the way up to your shoulders and then lose it, you're just a sloucher. (no insult intended!) Either way, it's fixable.

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