If you are not straight I ask two questions:
- Are you giving the same signal on each reign to your horse?
- Are you causing him to be sore?
Is it surprising that this horse falls out on the left reign and struggles with bending evenly?
Assessments on the horse are critical to see what is going on with movement, transitions, changes of direction. However, the reality is that problems are often deeper-seated than horse issues (such as saddle/ teeth/ shoeing/ horses preferred leg/ horse injury). More often there are issues with the rider’s posture and mechanics. Detailed specific riding instruction will definitely help improve skill and riding technique, BUT, off the horse work to really look at what is going on with your body is essential.
Mobilising exercises and corrective stretching.
Potential referral to Physiotherapy after an assessment
Follow the journey of one of our clients Hannah Bown.
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Latest from my blog in the Equestrian category:
- Top conditioning tips from an equine biomechanics expertThis is a great post and shows how similar athlete training is for both humans and animals. After big competitions or in periods of downtime one has to let the fitness down gently but keep the muscles ticking over. Many horses around the world have had a layoff during the covid-19 lockdown. Equine biomechanics researcher … Read more
- Biomechanics for RIDERS WorkshopHow exciting to run a workshop specifically for riders by riders. Using the latest “Gravity ” machines to illustrate how the body compromises when under the pressure of being on an unstable platform. This is open to all riders of all age and ability. The outcome will be to give you an understanding of where … Read more
- The Shoulder JointThis joint is very mobile with almost 3D movement, having 3 bones offered up to each other, no direct secure bone fixing in a ball and socket type fixing – they are held in place by muscles, rather than a solid joint of bone fitting into bone like the hip joint. Aside from an impact … Read more
- Neutral SpineWhat is “Neutral Spine“???? Neutral spine is a phrase used to describe the ideal shape of the spine to avoid injury, allow good mobility, shock absorption and optimum efficiency for performance in day to day activity as well as sport. It describes the necessary curves required to keep all vertebra and discs articulating and bearing … Read more
- Balance TrainingHaving good balance is so important to keep injury free and also to excel in many sports, running, cycling, skiing, riding to name a few, all require you to be balanced and able to support your body whilst being in motion and then to be able to apply the specific techniques required for the sport … Read more