Have you ever said, “Well, moving forward, let’s __________ .”
You let go of anything that holds you back. You look to what you want to create next. You focus on progress, a move in a positive direction. Roadblocks are released and all is right in your world once again.
Don’t you love that feeling?
What does flexing your horse mean to you?
There are lots of ways people apply this idea of flexing to their personal style of riding. I’m going to talk specifically about doing an exercise after you mount your horse and before you take your first step.
This exercise is best for a horse that has some time on him (i.e. I am not talking about when you first start a horse).
When a horse walks off as you get on, it’s annoying! It’s also a cross between poor manners and unsafe behavior. And of course, the horse is on his own program … not yours.
On the reverse side of things, it’s such a sweet, simple pleasure to get on a horse who stands quietly. He knows his job is to stand still and he remains patient and relaxed until you ask him for the next step.