Watching a beautiful sunset with the horses. One of my happy moments in a tough week. I’m in a bit of a tense spot of the learning curve, which is good, because if you’re at a low the only way is up 👍🏼 I trust that I’ll find my way through. You live, you learn. These moments bring a lot of wisdom for which I’m grateful. 🔹🔹🔹
Most of all I’m grateful to @lovehorsemanship for this learning opportunity that she has given me. I’m learning in more ways then I can tell you and this is absolutely because of her. And also, even in a tough week there are more happy moments then I can count here 💛 again, just very grateful! #learningcurve#happymoments#sunset
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FLEXI~FRIDAY: Thoracic Mobility for Equestrians
🐴💪🏼✨🐴💪🏼✨🐴💪🏼✨🐴💪🏼✨🐴💪🏼✨🐴 In order to ride independently of our aids (hand, seat & leg) we must have excellent control, strength and MOBILITY in the saddle. If you think you've done your due diligence by extending a few times over a foam roller at the gym, think again. Purely extension-based mobilizations don't necessarily fit with what we know about the boney architecture of this region of spine. Thoracic vertebrae have a unique shape. They're larger in the back than in the front, creating a natural wedge that biases the entire region toward rounding forward and acts as a boney block to standing up straight. In addition, the intervertebral discs between the thoracic vertebrae happen to be the ‘Danny DeVitos’ of spinal hardware—shorter, fatter and less mobile than the discs in the neck and lower back—which gives them a lot of stability but limited mobility.
Following the joint by joint approach, we know that the thoracic spine requires mobility, namely extension and rotation. If there isn’t sufficient mobility in the thoracic spine, problems can arise along the kinetic chain. These problems can include, but are not limited to, impaired function of the glenohumeral joint (shoulder), compensations in the Cervical & lumbar spine and neuromuscular imbalances. All of which can effect our performance in the saddle and the communication pathway between us and our horse!
Try these simple thoracic mobility exercises before you get in the saddle 🐴