Body Part to Body Part

One thing we all have in common is wanting to become better horsemen and horsewomen.

There are a lot of moving pieces and parts to developing your technical and your mental skills for riding.

Because of how I think, I like to keep things as simple as possible!

Today’s video is all about how our body parts impact our horse’s body parts. So if you’re having a problem with a horse in a maneuver, one of the first places to look is to yourself. What are you doing with your body?


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

One thing we all have in common is wanting to become better horsemen and horsewomen.

There are a lot of moving pieces and parts to developing your technical and your mental skills for riding.

Because of how I think, I like to keep things as simple as possible!

Today’s video is all about how our body parts impact our horse’s body parts. So if you’re having a problem with a horse in a maneuver, one of the first places to look is to yourself. What are you doing with your body?

What’s interesting to me is that even though we’re sitting upright on a horse, our body parts directly relate to a horse’s body parts.

Our eyes and our visual focus connect directly to a horse’s eyes and visual focus. Our horses follow our eyes like laser beams. Your horse goes where your eyes go. If you want your horse to move in a specific direction, make sure you look forward to where you want him to go.

While we can’t put our ears up, what we are listening to either outside of ourselves or within ourselves has everything to do with focus, too. Your horse’s ears indicate exactly what he is paying attention to.

Our shoulders connect directly to our horse’s shoulders. If we lean forward with our shoulders, our horses drop their front ends. If we lean to the side, our horses ‘drop’ their shoulders.

Our back posture directly relates to our horse’s back being hallowed out or rounded. Great form in the saddle is an alignment of should and hips with a ‘soft back’. Different disciplines do have different postures, but one thing is for sure. If you get rigid and hallow in your back, your horse will get hallowed out in his back.

Our backside directly relates to a horse’s hindquarters. A deep and anchored seat in the saddle translates to a horse being able to use his hindquarters which is his engine and a primary driving physical force of athleticism.

Our individual hips relate to each of a horse’s hips and hind legs.

When our legs and feet move, that directly correlates to a horse’s legs and feet moving.

So the moral of the story is… no matter what kind of riding you do, seek instruction to understand correct body position for your discipline and seek to develop it.

When you have a challenge with your horse dropping a shoulder, a great starting place is to check in with your own body via a video to see if you are ‘dropping’ your shoulder.

I love the simplicity of these body parts relationships.

Leave a comment for me and let me know what you think. Do you look to how you’re using your own body parts first when you think about helping your horse improve his maneuvers?

Let me know what you think and have a great week.

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12 Comments on Body Part to Body Part

  1. Lynn Koeniger on Sun, 15th Nov 2020 5:20 pm
  2. Spot on. So many times my trainer reminds us that we are getting in our horse’s way. If we are not balanced, our horse cannot be balanced. It’s tough but with practice, I get better and likewise so does my horse.

  3. Renee Racine on Sun, 15th Nov 2020 5:31 pm
  4. Thanks for another great video Barb. Lots of good information as usual. This is so basic but it bears repeating as a reminder especially for those of us who are not taking regular lessons right now.

  5. Carol on Sun, 15th Nov 2020 5:55 pm
  6. This is so true. You cannot truly correct your horse unless you correct yourself first. We are all asymmetrical. Our horses are not only dealing with their balance issues, but our’s also. This awareness changes everything. We are a reflection of each other.

  7. Gretchen Ruffin on Sun, 15th Nov 2020 6:25 pm
  8. Very helpful! Thank you!
    The more I’m able to ride with all this in mind, the softer and more responsive my mare becomes.
    It’s really incredible.

  9. Pam on Sun, 15th Nov 2020 6:29 pm
  10. I thought my horse was insensitive- a “tough nut.” Not true!! I’ve been practicing your Well Connected exercises, with particular focus on controlling my body parts at a walk, trot and lope. He is very responsive, and reacts with little effort on my part. What a revelation!! I feel as if we are on the path to a new and better relationship, and much improved performance. Thanks so much, Barb.

  11. Cindy Roberts on Sun, 15th Nov 2020 9:06 pm
  12. This information is very simple, yet so very powerful. Thank you, as always, for such fundamental information that can make such a large and positive difference.

  13. Shawn Kline on Mon, 16th Nov 2020 7:00 am
  14. I love this!! My biggest challenge is keeping my head and eyes up. I always want to look down to see how my horse is reacting or how he is moving. But I have been working on keeping my chin up and eyes looking forward to where I want to go and learning to “just feel” what he is feeling. It has made a huge difference in his performance. The moment I take my eyes off where I want to go we fall of course. It’s amazing to me how our body parts are so connected to theirs. I am a work in progress…lol. thank you so much for such sharing such wonderful knowledge.

  15. Maureen on Mon, 16th Nov 2020 8:36 am
  16. Loved this! Such a simple way to understand why and how our body parts align with our horse

  17. Cathy Foppiano on Mon, 16th Nov 2020 10:00 am
  18. Super great & you explain things so clearly 👌🐴

  19. Pat Roberts on Tue, 17th Nov 2020 9:00 am
  20. This makes so much sense to me and helps my thought process to understand what I am doing to cause certain reactions from my horse that are less than perfect. Thanks for your simple yet profound explanation of how we influence our horses in such subtle ways.

  21. Patti on Tue, 17th Nov 2020 10:04 am
  22. Very interesting thank you so much

  23. sheila daniels on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 8:44 pm
  24. Dear Barb. Thank you so much for your daily inspirations. I look forward to them daily. I have a wonderful life that I share with my husband, horses and dogs. I love them all dearly. I’m thankful for the time I get to spend with my horses they are such MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS and give to me more than I can give back to them.

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