Dressage Solutions: Stabilize Your Upper Body

To help stabilize your upper body… Imagine it as a pillow-shaped Mylar balloon. Lighter than air, it always floats straight up as you breathe deeply into it. Now imagine your seat and elbows deep—as if filled with sand. While the balloon wants to rise, the rider’s seat and elbows stabilize it. —Sandy Rabinowitz

Sandy Rabinowitz, longtime illustrator for Dressage Today’s “Solutions” column, has ridden dressage for much of her life. As a visual learner, she tries the concepts that she illustrates for the magazine and often thinks of her own images, including this one.