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Re: RC: Lopsidedness

This has been a really intersting subject. I learned years ago that I
was "biased right" as my dear dressage instructor would say. I did
several things that really helped. 

One, I started going to a chiropracter too. My pelvis was tipped and so
out of alignment, that I had to throw away old shoes because there was a
1/2 inch difference between my right and left side!

Two, i get myslef longed on the long line sans stirrups and reins. You
need a consistent horse for this, but helps you really get back a
balanced and independent seat.

Three, I do several excercises on the horse before going out, that
stretches my legs down and opens up my pelvis, and frees up my
shoulders. Centered riding is the name of the game, and if you aren't
relaxed and centered, everything suffers!These things have helped me
tremendously, and in any seat.

> Erin McCrary wrote:
> I haven't read all of ridecamp mail re:lopsidedness, so I'm sorry if
> I'm off
> on this a bit.  I seem to be having this problem and I have found that
> just
> after I have gone to the chiropractor  I feel much more balanced.
> Ofcourse
> my pelvis has been pretty screwed up from some nasty accidents
> (riding).  I
> have also found out, thanks to a friend of mine who watched me ride,
> that I
> seem to favor riding my horse more to the left than the right,
> therefore, I
> tend to go to the left more when doing arena work than the right.
> This has
> caused my horse to be lopsided and a lefty.  I'm trying to correct all
> of
> this and we're coming along, slowly.
> Erin
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> Subject: RC: Lopsidedness
> Resent-Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 12:58:41 -0700 (PDT)
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> Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 12:53:53 -0700
> From: "Kathy Mayeda" <>
> To: <>, <>
> You still have to be careful here Ė the rider can appear to be sitting
> lopsided, but if the horse is lopsided the rider doesnít really have a
> chance to be sitting straight anyway.  Itís the old chicken and the
> egg thing.  The horse may be lopsided because of a lopsided rider, but
> if the horse becomes lopsided, the rider will still be fighting to be
> sitting straight.  One winter I rode a lesson horse and had someone
> else ride my horse in order to overcome this issue.  Right now, Beau
> is back to being low on the left side and high on the right and my hip
> is suffering because of it.  So back to the checklist Ė feet, back,
> saddle, me.  I know for a fact his shoeing hasnít been balanced for
> awhile so once that is corrected I will re-evaluate the other issues.
> K.
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