We all want our horses to show that beautiful dressage outline of the horse ‘on the bit’ or as Mary Wanless calls it ‘The Seeking Reflexes’. This is the feeling that the horse reaches out towards the rider’s hand to a steady contact, the back lifts and the horse’s sides fill out. The horse feels half a hand higher. However, if you find yourself fiddling with the reins to acheive this, get obsessed with getting your horses head down, fighting with the contact or other issue of contact then you are probably focusing your attention on the wrong part of the horse
Focus on the use of reins is incorrect, and says that something more fundamental is at fault AND that your understanding of how 'on the bit' works may be incorrect. You are not alone if this is you, and I think that there must be something wrong with the way the teaching of this stage of riding is undertaken. I myself in my early twenties had my head in the culture that it was the horse that was resisting me, and it was the horse that was being difficult and it was up to me to 'teach' it to obey and work. It is a common thought pattern, but really horses are just being horses and have no idea how to be anything else, it is up to use to improve, learn and work out how to ride better.
If it is NOT the reins that get the horse's head into place, then what is it? It is very easy to think that the reins must be the answer because it is a very simple seeming answer. The real answer is a lot more complicated and needs a lot more effort and commitment. The answer lies in developing your own stability, tone and the ability to influence the horse's back. You can only achieve this once you have an independent seat. An independent seat is one which can match the forces of the horse without needing to rely upon the reins for support.
6 LIVE 1hr lectures direct from our indoor arenas using real riders and horses to demonstrate how an understanding of the Fascial Net and Rider Biomechanics can influence the shape of the horse's back and cause them to move into 'The Seeking Reflexes' SIT BETTER & GAIN INFLUENCE
With focus on stability, tone and core you will learn how to sit better, be less affected by the horse's contortions and begin to shape the horse correctly through good rider biomechanics.
Imagine a ride with no shoving, pushing, pulling or fiddling. This is rider biomechanics – "making the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy elegant..." – Moshé Feldenkrais
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