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How Asymmetry affects Riding

Now, getting saddle-fit adjusted is a great start, but the rider still has to help the horse use himself properly to correct the asymmetry. Finding an instructor who understands what the horse needs is a plus. But the instructor should also be able to help the rider develop body awareness so he/she can feel what's going on with the horse. It’s important that the rider neither fall into the “hole” that the horse creates, nor overcompensate and sit too far in the other direction. The rider should sit balanced over the horse’s centre so that he has a better chance to move in balance. This may be easier said than done if the rider is not sufficiently aware of and in control of his/her body as well as the horse’s body. The whole situation is aggravated if the rider is asymmetrical as well, as many are, and the instructor should be able to identify subtle asymmetries in the rider and help minimize their effects.

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