Do you have trouble getting your horse to go forward? Do you bump or hit the front of your saddle with your pelvis? Do you feel insecure over the fences? The answer may be caused by not having good thigh contact with your horse and saddle.
Does your horse show any of these signs? If so, a poorly fitting saddle may be the cause. 1) showing any objection to being saddled 2) being “cold-backed” during mounting 3) slow to warm up or relax 4) resistance to work 5) resistance to training aids 6) hock, stifle, or obscure hind limb lameness 7) […]
Have you ever sat ringside at a competition and watched the competitors? Some look like they are about to throw up just before they enter the ring. Others look cool and calm, their dog is attentive and they are working as a team. Have you ever dreamed of being like the calm cool type while […]
The last of the Centered Riding® Basics is Grounding. Sally Swift calls this the glue that binds the other Basics together. The roots-of-the-tree image in the book, Centered Riding, illustrate Grounding. Grounding provides supple stability in riding while lengthening provides the power. (We will leave lengthening for later. Without Grounding you can’t lengthen.) Grounding is […]
Ever wonder where your riding is going? Or perhaps it is trying to figure out how to do a new exercise or movement with your horse. You know innately that something isn’t right but “how” to fix it is beyond you. You go to riding instructors and they tell you “what” to do – “more […]
Did you know that the horse is human skeleton is actually quite similar? Well it is. Yes, there are some major differences; the size of horse’s bones are much larger than yours, the proportions are different and we each have a few that are unique. But overall our skeleton and the horse’s skeleton are a […]