Friday, April 15, 2016
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<b>"What would it feel like if you could connect to your horse at the trot in the warm up? Have you ever thought about it? Now you can watch to see what I do with Trudy to help her balance and connect with Ani sooner than in the past"</b>
Once a horse is past the "Green horse" phase we can start asking them to connect and balance sooner during our riding time. Now that Trudy as been able to take Ani to the "next level" she is now asking her to connect sooner from her leg to the rein. This is a big change as before Trudy warmed Ani up on a loose rein (like a green horse) and pretty much allowed her to do any speed she wanted in the warm up phrase. Now you can watch the changes and see how adding connection earlier can make a difference in your riding and training.
What do you do in your warm up? Are you asking your horse to connect in the warm up yet?
Friday, April 8, 2016
"What if... the real reason your lower legs are not staying where you want them to be, is that you have not been keep your seat over them? This is what happens with most riders. It sounds so simple, but is a huge shift in how you will be able to maintain your balanced riding position. Now you can watch how I show Trudy how to be able to feel when her seat is in the right place to keep her anchored into her lower legs"
What did you learn from watching this video? Can you see how important it is for you to keep your seat over your lower legs so that they are in the right place? Are you ready to try this? Please let us know how it works for you.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
"Can you control the shoulders of your horse ? How about the haunches? Now you can with the The magic of the shoulder in and renvers/travers"
Horse people have been using the "shoulder in" and "renvers/travers" for centuries. These are great exercises that improve a horses balance and the connection a rider has with their horse. What is the difference between them? Basically, in the shoulder in the rider brings the outside shoulder in until the horse crosses it's inside front over the outside front foot...as they keep the horses back end straight. The renvers/travers, are really the same is movement if ridden on the center or quarter line. When ridden in the dressage tests, the renvers is tail to the wall, while in the travers the horses tail is to the inside. In that movement, the horses front feet move straight ahead and they cross the outside hind foot in front of the inside. Both movements require that the horse is "bent" around the riders inside leg. They are easy to see from behind. Watch this video to see how.
Have you explored the possibilities of the shoulder in or renvers/travers with your horse? Are you ready to try them now?