Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back to the basics of Contact/Connection. Week 2. Walk. Half pass. Shoul...

What if... when you pick up your reins your horse seems to get stuck. It braces it's neck and starts moving funny. Maybe it's time to go back to the basics so you can change what is happening"

We are very pleased with what is happening in week 2 as we take Darrien back to the basics of contact and connection. In this session Susan is focused on the walk and having Darrien stay relaxed with a long rein as she rides the half pass and shoulder in. She knows he is in the right place when he is lifting his back and “flowing” in his gaits instead of taking short, stiff steps. Can you see the changes in Darrien when he gets disconnected? This is when he is mentally not sure of what is going on. Our goal is to help him get more comfortable staying connected.
What does your horse do when you are asking them to do something that they are not sure of? Can you see where taking it back to the basics can make a difference?