Dressage Solutions: Prevent Slumping or Slouching in the Saddle

Janie Rentz shares this visual image.

To keep from slumping or slouching while riding…

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

Imagine that you have an open parachute strapped to your back. The pull of the air into the parachute keeps your shoulder blades together and tall. This imagery will help you maintain your upper-body position as your horse moves underneath you.

Janie Rentz is a graduate of Lake Erie College in Ohio where she competed and won a national title. She trained and competed in Florida, while working with Olympic riders, and she worked for Performance Sales International in Germany. She now has her own teaching, training and sales business at her farm in Purcellville, Virginia. 

This first appeared in the March 2012 issue of Dressage Today magazine.

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