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  • "Shoulders back" thing Dover sells...

    Does it work?

    I have come leaps and bounds in my equitation this year... I finally made my university's IHSA team and got some instruction. All of my issues so far (from weak swinging lower leg to inconsistent hands to heavy seat) I've managed to correct by just practice practice practice, and having a friend yell at me (especially with my hands, that was the biggest thing I couldn't quite get right until I had someone catch me every time I dropped my left hand too low). Except for getting my shoulders back. In fact, I seem to hunch them worse than ever now. And no amount of yelling or being aware that I'm doing it has managed to help me keep them back.

    And I have quite large, manly shoulders, so it is very obvious that I do not have them back enough.

    Has anyone tried the Dover thing? Does it work? If I could get something to physically put my shoulders in the correct position for awhile I think then I could have no issues realizing when my shoulders are hunched and fixing it. And I know my coach won't let me show until my equitation is as good as it can be. (obviously this school year has been entirely dedicated to learning how to equitate, the only thing left for IHSA this year is nationals).
    RIP Don - 3/28/2004-8/15/2012

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    Yes, it works.

    Works even better if you wear it often (not just when riding) as the more having your shoulders back becomes natural, the easier it will be, and the ligaments (or whatever is back there) will tighten up.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by AnEnglishRider View Post
      Does it work?

      I have come leaps and bounds in my equitation this year... I finally made my university's IHSA team and got some instruction. All of my issues so far (from weak swinging lower leg to inconsistent hands to heavy seat) I've managed to correct by just practice practice practice, and having a friend yell at me (especially with my hands, that was the biggest thing I couldn't quite get right until I had someone catch me every time I dropped my left hand too low). Except for getting my shoulders back. In fact, I seem to hunch them worse than ever now. And no amount of yelling or being aware that I'm doing it has managed to help me keep them back.

      And I have quite large, manly shoulders, so it is very obvious that I do not have them back enough.

      Has anyone tried the Dover thing? Does it work? If I could get something to physically put my shoulders in the correct position for awhile I think then I could have no issues realizing when my shoulders are hunched and fixing it. And I know my coach won't let me show until my equitation is as good as it can be. (obviously this school year has been entirely dedicated to learning how to equitate, the only thing left for IHSA this year is nationals).

      My old IHSA coach made me wear it for all my lessons, team practices and at shows (including nationals). It does work as a reminder, but don't use it fully to think it's going to fix the problem on your own, you still also need to think about your shoulders as part of the big picture.

      So don't use it as a bandaid, but as a learning tool and you should be good to do.

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      • #4
        Haven't personally used it, but it seems like it will make it easier to have your shoulders in the correct position (back) than the wrong position (hunched). So it's not going to pull the shoulders back FOR you, but it'll remind you that it's not comfortable for you when they're hunched and you get a bit more comfort keeping them back. Does that sound about right, horsegal301?

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        • #5
          I have one and I think it's been really helpful to help retrain me to keep my shoulders back. When I don't wear it, I actually will notice myself when my shoulders round forward.

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          • #6
            A friend of mine used it consistantly for every ride, and she said it helped her a lot
            Last edited by Tonkafriend; Apr. 5, 2012, 06:35 PM. Reason: Fixed spelling

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            • #7
              It works well. I wear it regularly outside of riding as well.
              "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

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              • #8
                One thing that really helped me get my shoulders back was doing some personal training that included weight lifting. I don't know why, but it helped my overall posture immensely.
                * Sunny * Ella (2006 filly) * Tank (2008 colt)*

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                • #9
                  It works and it pulls your shoulders back to the correct position for you. I second wearing it for more than just riding. It helps teach your shoulders where they should be positioned. It doesn't stop core slumping, but it helps immensely with the shoulders.

                  Working out will help as well for shoulders and slumping.

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                  • #10
                    I bought this and found that it helps with my back pain. I like it a lot. Keeping my shoulders back remains a challenge for me. I agree it helps you remain aware of your shoulder position and reminds you to straighten up.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Sunny's Mom View Post
                      One thing that really helped me get my shoulders back was doing some personal training that included weight lifting. I don't know why, but it helped my overall posture immensely.
                      Thanks as a team we lift two or 3 times a week, and I go to kickboxing classes on my own (in addition to running), so as far as muscles go, I'm definitely building them all over.

                      Sounds like just what I need... Took a two hour trail ride and just sat there working on keeping my shoulders back as my horse walked along... With my ancient Crosby though by the end of my ride I was considering a seat saver instead of a shoulders back thing... that thing is like sitting on a plank of wood.

                      I think I'll invest in one as soon as my money comes through from selling my other saddle.
                      RIP Don - 3/28/2004-8/15/2012

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CHT View Post
                        Yes, it works.

                        Works even better if you wear it often (not just when riding) as the more having your shoulders back becomes natural, the easier it will be, and the ligaments (or whatever is back there) will tighten up.
                        This^

                        I found that wearing it all day and then taking the break from it when I rode helped more, than wearing it while I ride.
                        If only horses would use their athletic powers for good instead of evil. ~ MHM

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                        • #13
                          Wow, sounds like something I need. Link?

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                          • #14
                            Yep. It works. Haven't used mine in a few years, but when I did, I used it a lot, and, like others said, used it off the horses, too. Shince you are in college, I would suggest wearing it while in front of the computer! I find that is where a lot of riders posture gets ruined, these days (that makes me sound old! ).

                            Handy added benefit is that it was great support when I was having a lot of a shoulder issues for awhile.
                            Amanda

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                            • #15
                              I haven't used mine in ages so can't really comment on the effectiveness. But I can say that you should shop around for price comparisons! Posture support is not a product limited to equestrians and you definitely don't have to pay the markup you find on equine-specific items.

                              I think this will link you to a Google shopping link.. if not, try Google yourself, Amazon or various online medical suppliers..

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Crown Royal View Post
                                Haven't personally used it, but it seems like it will make it easier to have your shoulders in the correct position (back) than the wrong position (hunched). So it's not going to pull the shoulders back FOR you, but it'll remind you that it's not comfortable for you when they're hunched and you get a bit more comfort keeping them back. Does that sound about right, horsegal301?

                                It will pull them back a bit, but it's not going to put them in the perfect position - and the downside is that it's possible that they'll actually pinch you and you get a worse shoulder position if you make it too tight.

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                                • #17
                                  I have one also..It will pinch if you have made it to tight. Like everyone else said it wont be an "automatic fix" but it will help your body understand where your shoulders belong!
                                  Going Platinum; 98' thoroughbred

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                                  • #18
                                    My daughter likes hers a lot. When I tried it it hurt - guess I'm too far out of whack with my round shoulders that are now permanent! Wear it with a garment under it for comfort.
                                    Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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                                    • #19
                                      I use this phrase all the time and it helps, but I also thought one of these gizmos would be a good reminder. It isn't a fix, but the shoulder strap would remind me.

                                      The phrase is "Shoulders like a princess, hips like a whore..."

                                      Its such fun, I told my dressage freind about it who is riding for now at a western stable to get her strength back after back surgery and relax and have fun. She told the girls at the western stable about it and they hadn't heard it, and howled with laughter. she thinks it will become the new mantra at that stable... heh heh. Besides, it works for me...
                                      My warmbloods have actually drunk mulled wine in the past. Not today though. A drunk warmblood is a surly warmblood. - WildandWickedWarmbloods

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                                      • #20
                                        This and some core strengthening (and core Stretching) Yoga exercises will help a lot. Surprisingly when you have a very strong and supple lower back, everything else will align for you---but the shoulders back is a really great tool!

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