Dressage Solutions: Prevent Your Upper Body from Collapsing

Try this tip from Maureen Mestas.

To prevent your upper body from collapsing…

Imagine your torso as the letter “T.” Maintaining your upper body in the shape of a “T” will keep your shoulders level and prevent you from collapsing in your rib cage. —Maureen Mestas

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz

Maureen Mestas owns Hell Canyon Farm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she trains and breeds quality horses for dressage and jumping. She has 10 years of experience training in Germany and has continued her training extensively in the U.S. She occasionally restarts off-the-track Thoroughbreds for donation to committed young riders who have the resources and experience to care for them but don’t have the funds to purchase a horse. 

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