A featured entry in the "Deep Seat" series

Not Using Shock Absorbers

Problem

The hip, knee, ankle, and lower back joints are stiff, not allowing absorption of the shock (Illus. 42A).

Solution

Know where the shock absorbers are and how to use them — initially remind yourself that your shock absorbers are located in the hip, knee, and ankle. These joints should be soft and movable to do their job. Spaghetti noodle legs are helpful here. Exercises found in Illus. 8, 10, and 16 are also very helpful in teaching the lower back to allow the shock-absorbing motion to happen.

Debbie Kay Sams

Debbie Kay Sams has written for Practical Horseman, Equine Journal, and Instructor magazines. For many years she has organized and led drill-team riding for all… See Bio

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