Feb 2020 - correcting rider asymmetry
Heather's new working student Kelsey Thacker is truly an ideal shape to ride well but her crookedness has been extreme and not at all easy to sort out. She would tip her torso to the left, especially in rising trot, collapsing her hip and somehow sliding her butt to the right at each sit, but only on the right rein. We experimented with newly purchased Franklin balls, and it did indeed help. We tried under right seatbone, one under left, and then one under each. Under the left it helped stretch her hip, under both it really helped her stretch both thighs down more and this lasted after we took the balls out again. There is still a slight pelvic swivel on the right rein, but Kelsey's torso is much more upright and no dropped left shoulder.
"Wow! It's amazing to SEE the difference as well as feel it! They definitely made me more aware of my tendency to collapse to the left in addition to stretching my psoas and quads! I felt the front of my legs lengthen significantly. Thank you so much for straightening me out! It was fun!"
Kelsey Thacker in response to watching the video after her lesson