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RE: [RC] Equitation Tip of the Day - Karen Standefer

If you build your core (deep abdominal muscles) and use them to support you
when going over uneven terrain, instead of using your thighs, knees or lower
back, you will not be sore (except on the first ride of the year you may
have sore obliques.........that's how I know I'm using my body correctly).
You can practice on this while on the ground going downhill over uneven
terrain.  Instead of concentrating on where you feet go so much, concentrate
on balancing your body using your "core" as the center.  As long as the
center "floats" over the ground in an even manner, so will the rest of you.
Same when riding.  Balance your "core" with the horse's movement.  Then you
won't be fighting the horse's motion by using other muscles that are
inappropriate or damaging to your horse.


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Subject: Re: [RC] Equitation Tip of the Day

P.S. I think what wears me out is the stopping, starting, accelerating,
decelerating going down a techinical trail. That's when my muscles have


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