Could you please share your helpful tips for posture?
Posture. Its amazing what an effect it has on the horse and its equally amazing how easy it is to have poor posture while seated. It seems as if its easier to maintain good posture riding than driving.
I have bad habits. I slump, I drop my chin, I scootch forward in my seat so I'm setting on the edge and have a big bend in my knee. I tend to carry my hands too high and I rotate my hands inward. I tend to drop my left shoulder and sit crooked too.
Much of the scootching and knee bending is a defensive action on my part when I'm in the woods. Most of our trails are extremely tight ("I can't believe we made it" tight :lol:) and I've found that if I'm scootched forward with a big bend in my knees I can spread my feet for a wider stance, press down on the floor and push myself back into my seat and feel vastly more stable. My hands can be more independent too as I can just let my seat bones be glued to the seat, let my hips and mid section be loose and absorb the action and let my upper trunk and shoulders remain relatively still.
But when I emerge from a tight spot and hit an easy path, I suddenly realize I'm sitting like Quasimodo. :lol:
I am *finally* getting into the good habit when my pony is going incorrectly of checking on myself first and fixing *me* before fixing him and it is shaming me into being better about it all, but its a slow process.
A very nice person gave me a great bit of advice once when she saw me creeping: "Drive like you mean it." Which is great for me, I sit up straight, put my butt back in my chair, square my shoulders, lift my chin, straighten my legs, but I slowly creep back to Quasimodo position.
I did read a helpful tip of rotating my right leg out which has been immensely helpful in squaring my seatbones which helps square my shoulders, which helps bring my hands back to where they should be, but again... being consistent is a process.
So, was wondering if anyone could share tips, tricks or sayings and/or visualizations that your trainers told you for helping with posture.
The more sayings and tips I can bombard myself with the faster I will develop good habits.