I received both an e-mail and a comment on my last post about wearing my new riding corset and if it changed the way I rode. So let me answer that for you with a story included.
When I was young, I took several dance classes. On top of that, I had a Mother who insisted that I NOT EVER slouch. As a result of these 2 things, I gained a nick name in High School... Miss Posture Pedic.
Let's just say that even despite my age, as women do tend to slouch more as they get older, I do not have a posture issue. Thanks Mom!! With that in mind though, I do think it changed my riding aside a small bit. I know that after posting the trot for several rounds and when I get tired, I am more vulnerable to bend my body and while wearing the corset, I never did. I actually do not believe that I could round my back (at least at the waist) while wearing the corset.. which is why I had trouble getting into my little car that first time. I suppose you could still round your back at the shoulders.. which is equally unattractive when riding..
When I get nervous, I tend to 'lose my neck' as you can see in this picture. I am not wearing a corset here as this was taken about 2 years ago.
I pull my shoulders up around my neck and what I am hoping to gain by wearing the corset is a quiet reminder to pull up and tall out of my rib cage, keeping my shoulders down. I know that Oliver is a completely different horse at the shows. He is a TRUE show horse and just loves it, but with that comes a lot more motion, hyperness and sometimes even speed. So my true test will be when I show wearing the corset for the first time.