Four Ways that Driving (or sitting) may be affecting your Horsemanship

Four Ways that Driving (or sitting) may be affecting your Horsemanship

by Dr. Mike Guerini, Ph.D. (www.dunmovinranch.com)

We all know that driving and sitting normally in a chair seat put us into that “chair seat position” we all want to avoid while riding horses.  But what other things do we do while driving or sitting in a chair for long periods of time affect our riding posture?  Any of these things listed below might just build posture habits

1) Leaning on the center console while we drive.  Sometimes I take trips to clinics or shows that are 3 or 4 hours long (or longer) and I find myself leaning on the center console for a good portion of the trip.  This collapses my rib cage (right rib cage) — something I most certainly want to avoid while riding.

2) Leaning to far forward towards the steering wheel.  This leads us to have a hunched back — something we want to avoid in our riding.

3) Leaning back away from the steering wheel.  This gets us accustomed to sitting on our seat pockets and not our seatbones… and sitting on our seat pockets is bad for our riding position.

4) Sitting in the car for long trips with our wallet (or papers or cell phone) in our back pocket (this one is especially a problem for men). This leads us to have imbalanced seatbones and this certainly messes with us being able to ride and use our seatbones correctly.

Have I got you thinking now?  What other things do you do while driving or working at your computer/desk that might be affecting your riding posture and success with your aids.  Take a few minutes and add to this list — share here on this blog and let us all begin to work on changing our habits to better prepare us for success in the saddle.

Once you have read (and added to) this list, take the time to adjust your car seat or desk chair to optimize your sitting position so that you do not compromise your riding posture.

Thanks for reading this blog and please share.

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Dr. Mike Guerini is a clinician, author of multiple Horsemanship books, co-inventor of the Equine Hydro-T and specializes in western performance based instruction and you can learn more about Dr. Mike and his 6 C’s of Horsemanship at www.dunmovinranch.com.  Dr. Mike is also part of Coach’s Corral (http://www.coachscorral.com/), an online Horsemanship Coaching program that specializes in video coaching and the 5 Ride Program.  Dun Movin Ranch is also home to the Equine Hydro-T (http://www.hydrot.com/).