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The pelvis is the largest and heaviest bone in our body. There are many attachment points from the muscular system to our pelvis.  

Even a small movement of our pelvis affects the rest of our body.

Especially for riding, our pelvis is very important. It is a point of contact with the saddle and therefore a point of balance.

In this video, I will show you why the position and movement of your pelvis is so important and a simple test to find the best alignment for YOUR body.

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21 Responses

  1. Very helpful. Any tips for me as an older rider with osteoporosis and getting a curved spine. Hard to sit straight. Thanks

  2. Hi Calli
    I really enjoy all your videos. I do have a question. I ride Western with a large gaited TWH. Do your exercises help someone like me?

  3. Many thanks, Calli – very well explained.

    I would only add that breathing out makes me sit down better in the saddle. My horse responds very well to how I breath. I ride western and your video works great for a western rider also

  4. I would like to see video about changing riders idea of turning from an exaggerated inside pull on the rein, or tipping like a motorbike rider, to teaching them to pivot and open the shoulders.

  5. I had underestimated how important of a concept this is! For years I have worked on the exercises in the saddle to promote neutral pelvis position, doing them right after mounting. Taking video had shown me that most of the time I regress into anterior pelvic tilt at some point which not only leads to feeling unstable, but can often contribute to my horses not wanting to go forward as well. So in the past few weeks or so, I have aimed for feeling as if I am in posterior pelvic tilt and checking in with that feeling throughout my rides. Video has shown me that (for now while learning a new movement pattern), if I feel like I’m in posterior pelvic tilt, I’m actually in neutral. My horses reinforce to me that this is correct, and I feel the safest I have ever felt while riding. 🙂

  6. As I got older with lower back problems, I tilt forward when I sit straight hollow back been told to tuck bum & tighten my core but notice this makes both my ponies shoot forward with bum tuck and half halt with core then I have to use legs maintain rhythm. I found this video on opening thigh angle great as I think this solves my problem simply Thanks

  7. I loved the idea of “breathing into your lower back” after placing your hand there. It really helps keep the lower back relaxed. TY!

  8. I too have been told to “tuck your bum”. I also struggle with my lower leg position as my trainer says I need to wrap my legs around my horse to keep my calves in contact, whereas I have always allowed my legs to relax and stretch downward.

  9. As always, very well explained and informative. In addition to my excellent trainer I have learned so much from your videos. Thank you!

  10. Very clear and easy to understand.
    The red lines really, really increased my understanding.
    Thank you!

  11. I was taught to curve my lower spine, seems lots of people were taught chest up, shoulders back etc. Have seen riders who rode for 40 years sort of collapsed with shoulders rounded. So much that I don´t know, where would you find a good school?

  12. Very thought provoking! I always end up ‘fork seat’ and i have no idea why but it’s extremely painful!

  13. Hi Callie,

    I have bursitis in my right hip, I do yoga stretches and do stretches before I get on and in saddle to stretch before riding.
    Is there is specific stretch I can do to help the muscles relax more. My left leg is stronger now due to compensating for the right.

  14. Love some tips on toes and feet. I fixed my seat, better back, hips, knees, all that. but now I think my tension moved from my hips to my toes. I found that my toes get super tense and my feet are feeling like bricks.
    Also, sitting the trotting poles – how do you help distribute your weight so not so much on the horse.

  15. When I was singing in a choir, I was instructed to breath into my belly – so my belly expanded. When riding, I find better posture if I breath into the spot in my lower back that Calli demonstrated. It’s more like breathing into my chest, but directing the air to that spot in my back.

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