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post #11 of 23 Old 09-10-2013, 11:48 PM
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What you are doing is collapsing your left hip. To compensate you are dropping your left shoulder. In stead of your shoulder and pelvis looking like this "I" they are more like this ">". You can fix this but it is something you will have to be very conscious of for weeks do develop muscle memory. Have someone stand behind you as you ride away at the walk and correct your posture. Your waist needs to be parallel to your shoulders. Once you achieve that the floating foot will correct itself. This is one of the most common rider errors in which I see very few coaches correcting. It is important to correct this in order to ride in balance. If you body is out of alignment, think of how the horse feels it.



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What you are doing is collapsing your left hip. To compensate you are dropping your left shoulder. In stead of your shoulder and pelvis looking like this "I" they are more like this ">". You can fix this but it is something you will have to be very conscious of for weeks do develop muscle memory. Have someone stand behind you as you ride away at the walk and correct your posture. Your waist needs to be parallel to your shoulders. Once you achieve that the floating foot will correct itself. This is one of the most common rider errors in which I see very few coaches correcting. It is important to correct this in order to ride in balance. If you body is out of alignment, think of how the horse feels it.
Pretty much what I was going to say. Your body is out of alignment and this is the result: you feel uneven in the saddle because you are unbalanced. It will take some time to retrain your muscles to hold your position correctly but with time, work and patience you can do it! Work at the walk only until you're certain it's improving then move up through the paces.
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One time I tho't I'd drive myself crazy by feeling if the weight on the seat bones was even. "Ok, got it. Well maybe not quite. OK, Hmm, no." Often, people who collapse a hip often ride with one hip leading the other. To overcome this, the saddle can be the reference.



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I'd go to a chiropractor. I need to I have scoliosis and I can feel that my hips are uneven when just walking or standing. When riding I notice since my right side is shifted more down that's my stringer side so I make sure to use my left just as much.
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I'm assuming you are right-handed?

You probably are going to feel more comfortable with the right side of your body because of that, but I do definately see you placing more emphasis on the right side.

I took a few English lessons last winter, and the instructor commented that I position my left leg shorter than my right. (I myself never noticed anything). My left leg isn't shorter, but I was just holding it that way. I was also MUCH more comfortable traveling in the direction of right, than left. She showed me a bunch of stretches to do in the saddle, to help even up my body. And of course, practice practice practice. If your horse has a bad direction, you practice more on that side. So if the rider has a bad direction, practice more on that side!

It could be a chiro thing; it might not. It might just be how you've "gotten used" to holding your body over time because you are more comfy with that right side.

Good point about the saddle, and good point about the horse! Either of those could be crooked too.

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first, if its a balance or a habit of leaning, it should show up if you start doing no stirrup work as being unstable. I had back problems as a teenager, compensating put my hips out. I rode for years like that, with one hole shorter than the other, before going to a massage therapist that specializes in sports massage, who fixed it in two sessions. Now my legs are even.
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post #17 of 23 Old 09-11-2013, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm...Bareback photos...







I know those probably don't help but I'm not sure where my other pictures are atm.

Here's some pics of me at State lst year showing in a western eq. class maybe?











As far as the chiro, I do think I need to start going again. Something happened to my back the first day of the job a couple months back. We were fencing a horse and we ran hard into it, and when the mare stopped she bounced right off the fence. I felt this stinging in my back and lost vision for a minute. I was also severely dehydrated though, which the doctor says was why I lost my sight. I felt better after I drank, but the stinging in my back happens during any high-impact thing. If Selena turns a barrel hard enough sometimes the same thing happens. I don't lose sight but I feel it big time, more than I think is normal.

I will see what the doc/chiro says. I'm due to see my doctor soon anyway.

Thanks everyone :) I appreciate it. It's been bothering me.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Wallaby said what I was going to say.

let someone else ride Selena and see if they feel like they are thrown more to one side than the other. Selena's back or body may actually be throwing the saddle off to one side. To be honest, it doesn't look like the very best fit, and I dont' see you being as much off to one side on Lexi or at all bareback.

however, the scoliosis thing also came to my mind. it's usually a part of any physical exam for someone your age.
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when I see those additional photos, you look even on the dark bay horse, but crooked in the saddle (Selena?)
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Yeah, Selena is the lighter bay. I definitely agree she is a hard to ride horse, but I think it's me. I ride horses for a reined cowhorse trainer every morning and I feel the same way on those horses as I do on her.

The saddle in the pictures from State isn't our normal saddle...It was just borrowed, and I agree, it wasn't the best fit but I couldn't go in the ring with my barrel saddle and the tree in my show saddle had broken previously...lol

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
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