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Getting my crookedness diagnosed?

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  • Getting my crookedness diagnosed?

    It seems like every horse I ride is weaker on their right hind. Maybe they are, or maybe it's me. What kind of professional would I go to to find out if my legs are uneven? Or that I sit harder on my right seat bone?
    Chiropractor?
    Some kind of bodyworker?
    Is there some kind of pressure sensor I could put over the seat of my saddle?
    I've never had any instructor comment that I'm crooked, but I'd like to make sure I'm giving the horses I ride the best guidance I can.

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    If you have a chance work with Britta Pedersen at Performance Refinery. She is a dressage rider and physiotherapist who will watch you ride then work with you off the horse to find your issues - and help you fix them. She is based in San Diego, but does clinics all over.
    "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham

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      Originally posted by MissAriel View Post
      If you have a chance work with Britta Pedersen at Performance Refinery. She is a dressage rider and physiotherapist who will watch you ride then work with you off the horse to find your issues - and help you fix them. She is based in San Diego, but does clinics all over.
      Thanks, I’ll look her up!

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        It is very common for horses to be weaker in their right hinds, but my understanding is that it’s hard to separate from rider right-hand dominance vs horses naturally being “handed” themselves.

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          Originally posted by bip View Post
          It is very common for horses to be weaker in their right hinds, but my understanding is that it’s hard to separate from rider right-hand dominance vs horses naturally being “handed” themselves.
          That’s my concern, that I might contribute to my horses natural unevenness. I’d like to get a handle on it if I am. I also think working on my own straightness is something I can work on in myself while I’m riding green horses.

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            Does your saddle pad show more of a sweat mark on one side or the other?

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              You might try Feldenkrais for body awareness and to help root out any asymmetries.

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                I think a good chiro or RMT or physiotherapist can pinpoint if you have uneven hips or pelvis, if one leg is longer than the other, or you have scoliosis.

                Some longe lessons with a good trainer should clarify if you have asymmetry in the saddle.

                Are these horses weaker with other riders? What happens if you find a horse known to have problems going left? Does your riding change that?

                When you say that the horse is weaker going right, what do you mean exactly? Can you describe what happens?

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                • #9
                  I go to a good chiropractor once a month. He watches videos of me riding and listens well. Even though he isn't a horse person, he's able to figure out what I'm complaining about and look for related asymmetries in my body. My right hip gets stuck forward fairly often, and that restriction in my pelvis makes it hard to truly follow the trot.

                  I also know quite a few people who swear by Andy Thomas and his clinics. I've yet to see one locally that fits around my show schedule, but I'll jump on it as soon as ones does.

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                    Mary Wanless is really good at seeing what your asymmetries are and suggesting fixes. If you cannot go to a clinic, take a look at her DVDs and books.

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                      Anne Howard is another person with joint training as a physical therapist and a dressage rider who may be of help to you. She is based in northern California.
                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                        Originally posted by MissAriel View Post
                        If you have a chance work with Britta Pedersen at Performance Refinery. She is a dressage rider and physiotherapist who will watch you ride then work with you off the horse to find your issues - and help you fix them. She is based in San Diego, but does clinics all over.
                        I second this, Britta is fantastic!
                        *Absolut Equestrian*

                        "The plural of anecdote is not fact...except in the horse industry"

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                          In the mean time OP, what I find helpful between lessons, is setting up my video camera on a quarter line or the center line so I can see how I’m sitting from the front and back. I also watch the last video taken like this right before I ride so I remember.

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                            Originally posted by poltroon View Post
                            Anne Howard is another person with joint training as a physical therapist and a dressage rider who may be of help to you. She is based in northern California.
                            I believe Anne Howard is the daughter of the late Sandy Howard, who was a student of Mary Wanless'. So she should be terrific.

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                              Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
                              I think a good chiro or RMT or physiotherapist can pinpoint if you have uneven hips or pelvis, if one leg is longer than the other, or you have scoliosis.

                              Some longe lessons with a good trainer should clarify if you have asymmetry in the saddle.

                              Are these horses weaker with other riders? What happens if you find a horse known to have problems going left? Does your riding change that?

                              When you say that the horse is weaker going right, what do you mean exactly? Can you describe what happens?
                              I haven’t done a longe lesson in years. I’m not sure who has lesson horses around here, but that’s worth looking into. I’m typically riding green horses so I don’t usually have much of an opportunity to work on me. No one rides my horses, and the owner of the other horse I’ve been riding hasn’t mentioned any unevenness, but she also doesn’t contradict me when I’ve mentioned it.

                              When end I say weaker to the right I mean less crossover in the right hind when moving the haunches out on a circle to the right, more difficulty staying connected with haunches in to the left, popping shoulders out to the left on a right hand circle, less square halts. Different specifics on different horses, but like the last 4 or maybe even 5 horses I’ve ridden consistently have needed more work on that right hind to even out. Also some issues getting the right lead canter, but I’m more inclined to blame that on my timing.

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                                Originally posted by Wicky View Post
                                I believe Anne Howard is the daughter of the late Sandy Howard, who was a student of Mary Wanless'. So she should be terrific.
                                I’ll look her up!

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                                  Originally posted by Denali6298 View Post
                                  In the mean time OP, what I find helpful between lessons, is setting up my video camera on a quarter line or the center line so I can see how I’m sitting from the front and back. I also watch the last video taken like this right before I ride so I remember.
                                  That’s a really good idea. I’ve gotten out of the habit of videoing my rides and that’s been helpful in the past.

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                                    Originally posted by Rerider54 View Post
                                    Does your saddle pad show more of a sweat mark on one side or the other?
                                    It doesn’t, and I check to keep up with saddle fit. That’s a good thing to watch though.

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                                      Originally posted by outerbanks77 View Post
                                      You might try Feldenkrais for body awareness and to help root out any asymmetries.
                                      Just googled that and it looks like there are quite a few practitioners here. Have you had success with this?

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                                        Originally posted by jonem004 View Post

                                        Just googled that and it looks like there are quite a few practitioners here. Have you had success with this?
                                        Only a couple exercises via online video, which I found helpful. I've found a local practitioner who is also a neurologist, planning to get to her class in the near future (not sure if she does individual consults).

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