>> I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
>> people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
>> saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
>> I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?
>I'm also quite interested. Since I have a slightly crooked back
>(scoliosis) I'm having some balance and right-side pain problems when
>riding. I'm wondering if one of these balls might help.
I swear by them. They are part of my basic back survival kit --
gymnic (aka physio-) balls at home and work both for specific
exercises and stretches as well as alternatives for chairs.
There are various manufacturers and types available. I use a
slightly burst-resistant variant of the gymnic ball called a
FitBall. Allegro Medical has 21" balls at $21 and 25" for $26.
>Are there any sites with riding-specific exercises with these balls?
>Aside from what I think I just remembered might be in my Mary Wanless book?
Wendy Murdoch was working on a DVD using the balls for equestrians; I
think it's available although the web site isn't clear on that point:
Ben Turner, Mare's Reach