Last week we looked at Neutral and why it was so important.
This week I want to look at being equal front to back.
As mentioned last week, it is increasingly common to see riders leaning back to try and balance on a big trot or canter or equally leaning forward to prevent losing balance.
In order to be truly in balance with your horse and to remain with his stride you must be equal length front to back.
If you are leaning forward you will be ahead of him, and if you are leaning back you will be behind.
The thing is, staying equal front to back takes great core strength and control.
On your horse, have a scan of your body and ask yourself whether you can feel the muscles on the front of your body as well as the back of your body equally switched on.
A little trick I use with my clients is to draw the elbows into the sides and ask them to close their “back armpits”. This switches on the back muscles and then maintaining this feeling then on the front take the bottom rib closer to the top of the hips, this switches on the front. So cue yourself “close back armpits and bottom rib to hip”.
Try it and let me know if it helps!