As riders, we need an intact core to balance ourselves on top of a moving base of support. Riding also requires us to drive four corners of a horse in order to create both straightness and lateral movement. Both horses and riders can develop asymmetries that affect our ability to support our horse’s movement. Previous injury can create compensations in our own motor patterning which can affect our core stability, and thus our ability to achieve this symmetry. Our muscles work in a system of slings in varying directions, which we use differently to stabilize as dictated by the activity. Lateral work with a horse requires us to maintain our core while using anterior (front of body) and posterior (back of body) diagonal slings. This allows us to stabilize against rotational forces and maintain a balanced and effective seat while asking for balanced lateral movement in our horse. We need…
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