Just like our horses, we're asymmetrical. The way we function internally and externally is designed to make our lives easier, quicker and more efficient (even though sometimes it leads to the opposite of these!).
As we move and respond to our environment our biomechanical and physiological functions are consolidated, reinforced or adapted but things like injury and lack of use can cause compensation and coping mechanisms which sometimes work against us.
During training we expect/want our horses to be symmetrical, measured and controlled both physically and mentally - often our training and expectations are very different to their 'normal' which requires both rewiring of the brain and adaptation by the body alongside increasing physical strength in different areas.
Since I expect this from my horses, I do my best to put myself in their shoes - to experience what it's like to try to rewire neural pathways but also to be a better load to carry and have better control over my own body (and mind). It's not always easy to remain mentally and physically engaged!
Some things you can practice!
🐴Brushing your teeth with the opposite hand
🐴Keeping weight evenly on both feet (sitting or standing)
🐴Opening jars with the opposite hand.....
🐴Switching which hand is on top when hand washing...
There are SO many daily things we do automatically! Try switching things around to opposite arms, legs or hands!
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