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Southern Belle 03-13-2012 07:46 PM

Sitting Up
 
whenever i ride, i always am leaning down, not sitting up and back. Its really bad after i jump. are there any exercises or tips that can help be break this bad habit? thnx
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MyBoyPuck 03-13-2012 10:07 PM

Pilates...it's weak core muscles making you tip over. I have a non-existent core too. It's the best way to strengthen those muscles.

happy123 03-14-2012 12:53 AM

The best one for me is doing 50 small circles with your arms. People might look at you crazy but it helps set your shoulders back so much!

Puddintat 03-14-2012 12:56 AM

I've been told to put a crop in the back of my pants to help remind myself to sit up straight. It's not a long term fix but it helps me to remember. Pilates and yoga will help, though.

Gleek 03-14-2012 08:18 AM

Really you should always be sitting, standing and walking with a straight back even when not riding. If you've been riding for a long time it can be easier to get a straight back.
I'd say i have very good posture due to drumming as well as horse riding.

Tricks..
Shoulds scrunched up, put back then relax them and put them down.
Up, back, down.

Make sure you're holding the reins at a good length as well. it helps.

Position yourself on the horse, straighten your back and get someone to put a riding crop through the gaps in your arms passing your back. If you slump your back simply the crop will break or bend.

Practise as much as you can.

mudpie 03-14-2012 03:48 PM

I've found that thinking about "lifting your ribcage" is a good way to remember! Strengthening your core is also really helpful! Sit up, with your shoulders rolled back and hold yourself steady in your tight core. :D


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