How to Improve Your Seat (Horseback Riding)
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How to Improve Your Seat (Horseback Riding)

October 28, 2019

If you desire to have a better position
in the saddle and you’re having unequal weight in your seat and you want to
improve that you have some sort of crookedness collapsing-nes we are going
to explore that today and I’m going to help you understand why that exists and
what we’re going to do about it. (upbeat music) I had a client about a year ago stepping
to my facility she struggled with a collapsing of the side and sitting off
to the saddle the side of the saddle and she had unequal weight in her seat and
she noticed this and she would tell me that she had these lists of stretches
that she was doing and the tightness would that she was feeling in her body
would just come back and the collapsing would continue to happen she would have
some temporarily temporary relief some time but this continued to be an issue
we come to find out she actually had some weakness in her muscles that were
not allowing her pelvis to do what it needed to do in order to get the correct
position so fast forward a year later she’s been working she’s improved her
ability to use the muscles that week and then strengthen those so that way when
she goes and sits on the saddle she is a lot more centered without having to do
things to try to prepare her or make an adjustment in her body before she gets
on the horse she is just now improving her ability to straighten and have more
symmetry in her and the muscles that control her pelvis
we got a pelvis today that helped her sit more straightness saddle so if this
sounds familiar you’re gonna want to stay tuned but before I dive right into
it I have a very exciting announcement and that announcement is that I am going
to be releasing something next week and the following week. So I work with riders
in person in my facility and then I work with riders online through a three to
four month program that helps just rebuild and strengthen them but I am
going to be introducing something right in the middle which is a three-day
intensive that is going to help riders improve their ability to control their
body being able to have more symmetrical control while they’re in the saddle and
so we’re going to look at these imbalances and issues that they have in
their pelvis in their spine in their hips and we are going to talk about why
that exists and understand their very specific your very specific limitations
and then be able to give you some exercises that you’re going to be doing
and you’re gonna be writing better in four five six
seven days most people doesn’t take long so if you are wanting more information
and haven’t got that information yet I will send that to you just leave me a
comment down below and that’s the next two weeks a three-day intensive where we
are going to explore this stuff so that way you can understand your own issues
of what I’m speaking to today and start improving that so let’s dive right into
it what causes us to be crooked and have
uneven weight in the saddle now I just started to mention it but it comes from
weakness muscle weakness specifically so in order to move or get you in the
saddle you have all these muscles that are connected to your pelvis that are
gonna move you up side to side rotate you move you forward move you back now
if you have muscles on one side of your body let’s just say the muscles that
pull your pelvis up and down then this lateral side to side if you have one of
muscles on one side of your body that are stronger than muscles on the other
side of your body it is gonna constantly be pulling your pelvis up while this one
is not as strong not allowing it to also do its job of keeping the pelvis up and
that can cause imbalances so when we try to do any specific motion or get a
position in the saddle it requires us to be able to contract and use our muscles
specifically when we need to and unfortunately we don’t have access or
the or an equal amount of strength through all these muscles in our body
because throughout our lifetime we’ve have maybe had some injuries we
maybe have a job that we overuse muscles I know that just because of driving
alone it causes you to constantly use more muscles than others so if you drive
a lot if you’re sitting down loading a desk where you are using a mouse that is
going to ask your body to use specific muscles more often than not then that
means you’re going to be ignoring other muscles and so any kind of injury any
kind of overuse on your muscular system it is going to cause your body to
compensate and adapt so that way it can continue to do that thing better
or stay away from pain if you’ve had injuries and the compensation is great
but over the long term it can create certain muscles to be stronger and
certain muscles to be weaker so that’s not great for you when you’re writing
because writing is a very symmetrical based sport and also it can cause pain
your goes to tightness all these not fun things in your body along with it so if
this is something that sounds familiar to you and you have any sort of
crookedness or if you have any sort of uneven weight in the saddle I want you
to let me know down below in the comments and I’m gonna go over those
ways that work that we could be crooked and it typically falls into four
categories so if this is if you are fall into one of these categories let me know
in the comments below which one that is my biggest one is rotation I… I fractured
my back years ago and caused me some massive issues and I’m actually kind of
stuck in a rotation over the side so I had tons of compensations that I have
had to work through and still continue to work through but let’s bring in our
in our friend the the pelvis so the pelvis can do four different types of
range of motion and they’re dictated by muscles not only in the pelvis but
muscles that attach to the spine so any muscles that attach in spine hips pelvis
can influence the movement here but what it can do is it can rotate it can
laterally bend side to side and then it can flex forward and extend back so
those are the four ranges of motion now typically what I see in riders is two
limitations one being more popular than the other and the first one is this
lateral moving right so moving side-to-side so if I’m also kind of
bending at my torso it’s going to potentially move my pelvis but this is
going to be the one where we see a collapse in a side or one that’s causing
you to sit off to the saddle or one that’s causing unequal weight in the
saddle while you’re sitting because if I’m kind of tilted to the side it’s
going to put more pressure on one side than the other. So when looking at this
pelvis the muscles that control this lateral side to side actually
connect all through here on the backside of the pelvis and then they’re gonna
there’s going to be some that connect to the front side of the pelvis as well but
your really good side-benders that’s a little call them side-benders connect to
the backside of the pelvis and they attach all the way up through the spine
they’re going to attach to the spine to the ribcage to the back of the neck the
top of your the bottom of your head scroll there and what they do is they
can laterally bend your spine or they can laterally bend your pelvis so what
happens it’s like I want you to imagine if I had two bands here and it’s this
pelvis is a little puppet and when I pull on the string the pelvis comes up
with it same thing on this side when I pulled the string the pelvis comes up on
this side so what happens if you are collapsed and weak the muscles on one
side struggle to be the I don’t know the name for a puppeteer a person that’s in
charge of the puppet the muscles can’t contract and do their job as well on one
side that they do on the other side so over time that’s going to create a
pelvis that’s slightly stuck in a tilt and so anytime you get on your horse and
sit on the horse you’ve got this natural tilt here and that’s gonna immediately
put more weight on one side than the other and your initial reaction may be
oh I’ve got to compensate for that by leaning towards the other side but when
in reality what we’re really looking to do is take that other side it said right
here that’s down and we’re trying to strengthen the muscles that help pull it
up so that way we can have a more even weight in our seat so it’s not
necessarily going to be a got to lean over there but it’s the muscles that are
weaker on the side that we need to strengthen so they can do their job and
pull up same thing goes with a rotation so most people are also stuck in some
sort of little rotation here and you have muscles that rotate you and most of
the time you’re going to be stronger in one side of rotation again based off of
either some sort of injury or what you do all the time again if I am sitting at
a desk a lot or I’m driving a lot I have to rotate my spine slightly to do that
and doing that for 20 30 40 50 years over time is going to create these
compensations that make you stronger in one side the other and when you sit on
your horse guess what those compensations are coming with you
so what does that mean again if either one of these let me know too I went over
those four ranges of motion do you struggle with being stuck kind of in a
rotation you notice that one side of your pelvis is slightly forward than the
other or if you’re collapsed one side of your pelvis is higher than the other we
also have one where your pelvis can be kind of tilted up or tilted down so if
that’s you again let me know in the comments below
and if this if this is any of your students or any of your friends that
you’ve noticed this in make sure to do me a favor and share this link with them
and you can also just write their name down if you don’t feel like sharing it
on your page but I really appreciate that and so we mentioned that our pelvis
we can have unequal weight or be crooked because we lack the ability to have
equal strength in our muscles to hold the positions that we need and desire so
what do we do to help improve this now a typical approach is well I’m going to
stretch the tight stuff so that way it loosens up and it creates symmetry but
if we are approaching this from a hey we have weak muscles that are not doing
their job and that’s the reason why we are stuck in a position or can’t do a
thing because remember muscles contract and move you so you should be able to
contract and move and get yourself into a position of symmetry so if we’re
looking at it as a we need to improve the strength of these muscles and our
ability to control these muscles meaning my brain needs to be able to send a
signal to those muscles contract to hold the position that what we need to do is
start improving that communication and strengthening that communication so that
way we can have equal control of the position and the muscles that gets into
the position that we meet and give the aides that we need so again stretching
is going to temporarily take away that sensation of tightness or pain it’s
gonna it’s going to tell your neuromuscular system to stop being tight
and it’s gonna feel probably pretty good almost like an itch on yourself but that
is going to be a temporary thing hence while you have to continue
stretch as opposed to creating more strength in your ability to communicate
and use those muscles which will over time decrease the tightness therefore no
need to stretch and now you’ve gotten the connection and strength to muscles
more evenly meaning when you just sit on the horse you’re going to be in a better
position because you’ve got more symmetrical strength through your body
the first thing that we need to do is understand your limitations then we miss
strengthen the weak stuff and this first approach to strength is going to be
improving our ability to use these muscles that we have compensated around
for a while so improving the connection to those muscles and then we’re going to
strengthen those muscles once we start getting them to work better so I
explained in the beginning of this video if you missed it that I am doing a
three-day intensive course an event the next two weeks so I’m going to do one
next week and imma do in the following week where I help you understand this
more depth and help you understand your specific limitations things weaknesses
you may have in your body as well as being able to help you with specific
exercises to improve these weaknesses and help you get a better position in
the saddle help you get better control help you have less tightness and better
clear aids all of the above so that way you can get started on this and most
people notice the difference in three four five days so if you missed that go
back to the beginning of this video and leave me a comment below if you want
more information on that but that’s what we need to do we need to
be able to start improving the strength in the muscles that are weak so that way
you can have a better position on your horse so if this is something that hit
home with you let me know below I would also love to hear any ideas you have for
further topics when I come on here on Fridays in what topic would you like to
see next do you want me to bring it a pelvis I’m gonna bring in a whole
skeleton? You want me to bring in a horse? let me know what you want to see I hope this
was able to help you today understand a little bit more why you have issues with
your position in the saddle why there’s a lack of ability to be symmetrical
what’s causing that I hope you have a great day enjoy grab a coffee
I just love coffee in the morning have a good one. Thank you so much for
watching this video if you want to continue to become the best rider you
can be for as long as possible make sure you subscribe to my channel and I’m
gonna continue to put out videos and allowing you to get the most out of your
body so you can get the most out of your horse

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