Balance part 1
Balance part 2
Balance part 3
It may have been said many times but it’s worth repeating that if you look after the basics then what follows will look after itself! I doubt there is any chance like the first chance with a horse, sure we can go back and start over but as John Wooden says ‘If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?’ It really is much easier and far more productive to take the time to get it right at the start…………..
What is Classical Dressage?
In a world that expects fast results the ideals of classical
dressage might seem somewhat old fashioned to many but in
truth the gymnastic training of horses has always been the
cornerstone of classical principles leading to a posture that
allows horses to work unfettered by their human whilst showing
their natural brilliance……………
The mental connection we have with our horse results in a willingness to be our partners, to go that extra mile for us, to take the lead when needed but to accept the need to be led if required. One of the things we all seek in our dressage training is connection.
Whether we ride with or without a bit, bridle or saddle that connection between horse and rider/handler is going to underpin all our work………………….
Contact is something that I imagine we all have very personal feelings about. Mark Rashid says “Contact is the space between you pulling on the horse and the horse pulling on you.” and leads me to my first question, just what is contact?
The way I train horses eliminates the concept of pulling by either party but Mark Rashid highlights for us surely that contact is the point of balance between horse and rider; it’s the point at which we can both release ourselves and become one……………..
The first contact with a young horse is likely to be via a hand on a rope that connects to its head. The horse’s head is blessed with great sensitivity (both inside and out) and yet how much time is taken to prepare for this connection? It’s probably a measure of the good nature of the horse that most accept this with good grace but if we wish to develop this, refine and finesse it then we should consider our first step very carefully……………………
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What is an equine behaviourist?
TRUDI: Sometimes referred to as an equine behaviour consultant an equine behaviourist identifies the underlying causes of unwanted behaviour in horses. Using science based techniques centred on ethology and learning theory they will create behaviour modification plans to improve unwanted behaviour and the wellbeing of horse and human………………