“SIMPLE WAYS TO CONNECT
WITH YOUR HORSE”
Sometimes the most profound truisms are the simplest. I LOVE that because the simpler things are the better we can make the wisdom part of our riding.
The idea that our body parts are directly related to a horse’s body parts is really profound if you think about it …
What you focus on with your eyes is where your horse will focus … and move toward.
If you drop a shoulder when you ride, chances are your horse will drop his shoulder. When you sit squarely in the saddle, your horse’s shoulders have the best chance of staying even.
If you arch your back, your horse will hollow his back. If you round your back for a pretty stop, your horse will round his back for a collected stop.
If you think of using your feet to move your horse’s feet instead of “kicking to go” you will get incredible results. Focus on your feet moving your horse’s feet whether you are going forward or backward. Stop pulling on the reins and concentrate on moving a horse’s feet instead.
Think of dropping your core into your hips to help a horse find a stop. Focus on feeling your hips sink and your horse’s hips will drop into an easy stop or collection. Your stops will become softer, too.
And last of all, when your heart is truly connected to your horse’s well being and belief in him … he will give you his all … and he too will have a happy heart.