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5th Jul 2000, 04:06 AM
First time using the message board: hope someone can assist me regarding the above subject. Just started riding again after 13 years; had my first lesson a few days ago. I did not do too badly, however I've been working with computers for about 7 years now and I tend to slouch. Any recommendations on how to get back to a good riding posture (advice, books, videos?) Thanks in advance!
5th Jul 2000, 09:33 AM
If I had the cash I would definitely have Alexander technique lessons. I had one just out of curiosity a few months ago, and it was fantastic. The teacher just sort of very gently moves bits if you into the right place and it is a very wierd feeling. Unfortunately I didn't have the cash for a full course - it costs about 25 pounds per lesson.
5th Jul 2000, 11:47 PM
Thanks Rebecca for your reply. I live in Canada and I am not sure if any coaches in my area teach the Alexander technique , but I will inquire. Thanks again for your advice!
6th Jul 2000, 02:24 AM
I can't help you with posture, but balance is easy... don't ride with stirrups. Stirrups are overrated as it is. While you're at it, drop your reins. That will give you balance. And strengthen your leg. If you jump, jump without reins and stirrups. My trainer makes us do it with our eyes closed too, to feel spots. Bareback helps too.
7th Jul 2000, 04:13 PM
You might want to try Tai chi excercises. My balance is really off after two broken legs. The Tai Chi is slow and strengthening and not pounding on the joints. It has helped with both strength and balance. I'm just a beginner but it is still usefull. I took a short adult education class for 6 weeks and learned the rest from library tapes and books. Yoga also helps.
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