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Rider Assessment 2023
Georgie Rider Assessment
Just to say I did this off one video as watched both and these were across both tests.
The things I suggest working on are
Central Core support region to help your brain feel more secure so you can use less aids with hand sand legs
Learning and opening the ribcage rotation so that you can make subtle changes in your horses balance and direction without feeling the need to change the weight so much
In the walk uncoupling the left and right side of the pelvis to allow your horse to step through more and feel able to take that longer stride
In the canter focus on the alignment of the legs, especially the thighs, where the sympathetic patterning is taking charge and the knees and toes are being drawn out whilst the backs of the thighs and claves are gripping in.
I would first recommend your unmounted work to focus on rebuilding the deep core and surrounding stabilising muscles that will help bring your body back to a point of centre where you can release the need so much for a brace in the contact and over use of the legs.
By following the exercises I will list below you will re integrate the muscles that have been lost whilst pregnant and start to find that deep core stability needed for the body and brain to feel secure and able to make smaller adjustments. This will also help when your mounted to think of leading all movements from this space so that you are always engaged and balanced through your centre.
Classes I'd recommend in the order that follows - All in the Core and Contact Section of the Academy
Deep Core for a better position - In the longer sessions
Focussed alignment and building the deep core - In the longer sessions
Do you struggle with braced tense shoulders - In the longer sessions
Ribcage rotation and mobilisation - In the longer sessions
Mobilising the ribcage - In the longer sessions
Then shorter daily sessions of 5 minutes - (the key with these in the dailies don't move not the next days session until you feel the session you are doing feels comfortable and relatively easy.)
Focus on the deep core
Focus on the core part 2
Align your spine daily
Improve your core daily
All of these sessions will work on rehabbing your body after pregnancy whilst also focusing on your riding too. There's no sit ups in sight I promise.
Downwards halt transition
Focussing on keeping the inner thigh supporting you and starting the transition from the feeling of engagement in your centre, being aware of the weight staying even in each leg and foot so that you don't collapse into one side. I recently recorded an audio lesson which will really help you with this its AL59 - Focussing on Improving your halt whilst hacking, and for one that's for schooling AL50 - Stripping back the basics a focus on the halt.
For the walk a lot of no stirrup work will help you to feel this movement with more ease, you do demonstrate you can find it, so the challenge is to get it sooner so as to take the energy from the previous pace into the next movement. Only do no stirrups in walk though, as whilst your core builds you will only use your reins more and grip up tighter for any of the faster paces which is not what we want.
In the canter, focussing on inward thigh pressure over outward rotation will be a game changer, you can play with this by placing a glove on the inside of each thigh and the saddle and holding it there to remind yourself of that inward rotation and support that you want to create, you will be surprised how much inside thigh you need to support yourself and your horse so repeating this new movement pattern will be your work. Don't canter for longer than you can hold the new pattern, as soon as you feel you loose it and can't get it back, stop reset and go again, the key here is quality over quantity as were retraining our brain and bodies movement patterning.
Audio lessons for your lateral work to help play this out in real time AL 37 - AL 40 - The beginnings of lateral work
All the audio lessons I mention are in the academy.
Any questions you have just give me a shout