We often hear “you have one shoulder higher”, or “drop your left shoulder”…but it’s so hard to MEASURE, and so hard to feel things that are floating around mid-air.

A wonderful measuring tool is the ELBOWS of the horse rider.  Instead of trying to figure out what the horse rider’s shoulders are doing….your elbows are WAY EASIER to feel.

Just rub your elbows up against your waist and you’ll soon see if one is lower than the other.

And of course if one elbow is more forward…that hand is more forward.

Just think of your belt as a clock face.  12 o’clock at the front, 6 at the back, 9 and 3 o’clock at the sides.  Then you’ll often see one elbow at 10 and the other at 4pm!

So…two points of measure

  1. Rub your elbows against your belt or hips to measure if one elbow (shoulder) is HIGHER than the other, and
  2. Pretend your belt is a clock face.  Is one elbow (shoulder) more forward?

Much easier than trying to figure out what your shoulders do, and WAY easier for coaches to see from the ground (especially in winter in lots of bulky clothing).

Enjoy!

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