OK, I need some ideas. Background: my ten year old daughter has muscle tone issues. She has high tone from waist down and low tone from waist up. She has difficulty sensing where she is in space. Her left side is weaker than her right. We have to remind her to keep herself straight in the saddle or I swear she'd eventually fall off the left side. That's not her big problem though.
She has difficulty sitting for long periods on the back of her bottom. The problem with this is that her legs get tilted backwards when her pelvis tilts forward. This makes control of the horse difficult. She is a very good little rider except for this one thing. She's taken hills that scare the dickens out of me without a second thought. She's been sick a lot this fall and this makes the tone issues worse.
We saw the physical therapist today and she gave us some suggestions for strengthening her pelvis. Any ideas about how to improve the ability to know where you are in space? She just doesn't seem to feel it when her legs move backwards. This is a problem in other areas of her life, not just horse riding so I know it's not her being lazy or anything.
She's such a brave and strong girlie and she loves her Joshua. We could use some suggestions about how to keep those legs forward! We are doing exercises, wearing her braces to bed, etc. but this is just tough for her. Any ideas would be appreciated!