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  • pmdemarc1211 Original Poster
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    I have a long torso and a rectangular body type/shape and I’ve been noticing how bad my equitation has been because of it. My back seems to go on and on and it looks like I’m hunchbacked. It bothers me soooo much and I feel like so many things are wrong with my eq. Thats is one issue, but my arms also drive me crazy! When flatting my arms slope like a crescent moon and when jumping, they can go behind my back and its just weird! Please help and give tips if you have any! Thank you to everyone!! I really appreciate ANY responses!

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Your equitation is not bad because of your body, it is because of how you use it. You need someone to be there to correct your position, and no one can really help without being able to see you. If you can, get someone to do a video of you while you are riding, analyze it, and then work on whatever you need. Riding with a bareback pad can be very helpful, because if you aren’t using your legs, seat and body correctly you will not be able to stay on the horse. when I was young, we had a chute with 3 or 4 jumps in it, and were required to go through with no reins and no stirrups – really helped with balance, and made us be correct without interfering with our horses’ natural movements. Nowadays, I see a lot of emphasis on “hit and kick”, neither or which is ever (my opinion) proper.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    Your shoulders should be balanced over and centered on your pelvis for normal flat work. This requires a slight arch to your back in what I have often described as a “show the guys what you got” position, but the position must be maintained primarily by balance, so that your body can flow with the horse, not by tensing your back muscles because if you tense the upper body and back muscles, your body will not flow with the horse, and he will be carrying dead weight, and unbalanced dead weight at that.

    If you feel and look “hunch backed”, you are not balanced and centered over your center of gravity and your hips, and your body is slumping forward. Your head must also be centered and balanced over your body and you need to be looking forward, while it sounds like you are tilting you head down. One of the better “centered riding” techniques has the rider imagining that there is a string attached to a skyhook at one end and the other end attached to the the center of the rider’s head, so that the rider’s head and body are hanging straight down from the sky hook. Another useful aid is to remember that riders who look down at the ground (which you must be doing) tend to end up there.

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    To help with your hands, you want to make sure that your reins are short enough that you have contact with the horse’s mouth & your hands or out in front of you. Another reason your hands might be bad is due to your elbows. I like to stick something under my arm & make myself keep it there. It makes your elbows stay next to you which in turn will assure that you hands don’t move too much.

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    I agree with trying to find someone take video of you riding. It works wonders for seeing what you are doing right & wrong. Also, with the benefit of being able to record with our phones you can watch right away so see what is happening in the moment.

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