A featured entry in the "Deep Seat" series

Twisting

Problem

The pelvis is turning so that one seat bone is sitting farther ahead than the other. This also causes one shoulder to be placed farther forward than the other shoulder. It is possible for only the shoulders to be twisted, but check the pelvis first to be sure (Illus. 42).

Illus. 42

Solution

Practice moving the shoulder and seat bone into their proper places. Have a grounds person tell you when you are carrying yourself straight. This new position will feel crooked to you until it has become a habit. This problem requires much correction from your helper, but the earlier it is caught the easier it is to fix. This difficulty is also related to fitness. A rider who is less fit is more likely to sit in a crooked or twisted position.

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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