Connected Riding® Founder’s Must-know Posture Secret for Horseback Riders

Peggy Cummings and Friends

L to R: Lori Bridges, Peggy Cummings and Susan Cook of Connected Riding

Meeting Connected Riding® founder Peggy Cummings is always a treat. Her humor, knowledge and briliance came through at the NW Horse Expo in Albany, OR last weekend. She gave riders practical posture tips that bring immediate positive results.

Neutral pelvis is the first step. Having your pelvis in neutral is essential so your horse can access the power of his hind legs under saddle. Neutral pelvis means your pelvis is upright, not cocked forward or rolled back.

Slumped posture or braced posture (rigid “sitting up straight”) makes a neutral pelvis impossible and makes you into dead weight in the saddle. Dead weight beaks the connection between your horse’s hind end and his front end.

Neutral pelvis transforms you into live weight that moves with your horse instead of interfering with his movement.

Tip: Finding Neutral Pelvis

  • Sit on the edge of a chair.

  • Find the rounded rockers of your seat bones under you.

  • Imagine your back being erect (don’t “sit up straight” rigidly). Think of your torso lengthening up from your seat bones.

  • Imagine the back of your neck being long.

  • Move your whole torso forward and back slightly in one piece.

  • Notice the gentle movement of your seat bones.

This movement helps you connect with your horse’s back. Gentle bacck and forth movement or oscillation breaks up tension and helps you cue your horse effectively.

How to get help

For lots more support with posture and Balance in the Saddle, consider our group class starting this Wednesday in SW Portland. Registration closes Tuesday March 24 at 10:00 am, so don’t miss your chance! Info and registration here. You’ll relieve pain, improve posture and feel great as you learn the Alexander Technique.

About Emily Clark

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Emily Clark, of, is an Alexander Technique Certified Instructor who teaches horseback riders of all disciplines to eliminate pain and improve their posture so they can ride as one every ride.

She’s worked with equestrians for over 11 years. She loves working with riders because they’re so passionate about what they do.

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