Sunday, October 26, 2014

Everyone talks about riding a horse from their seat and legs, but what d...



"Everyone talks about riding a horse from their seat and legs, but what does it really mean at the stretchy walk on a longer rein?"

This is Trudy Adams on Melody, we had been trotting (another session that is shared here) and are using the stretchy walk to cool Melody down. Now, we ask that Trudy keeps Melody under her seat and connected as she focuses on doing the same exercise on a longer rein. This is not as easy as Trudy makes it look. The stretchy walk is much more difficult to keep a horse under the riders seat and connected as the result of a longer rein. Trudy is now much more aware of when Melody is really under her seat and leg/aids. Melody is still not sure, but is now more willing to allow Trudy to "drive her" from her back end instead of steering from the front. As a result, Melody is much lighter on the reins and more responsive to Trudy's seat and legs.

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