Horseback Riding ToolsRiding tools for the horse's back
Often I ask my students: "What keeps you on your horse?" Responses contain stapes, the nut, the horn and even the rein (yikes!). Rarely do I get the right response at the first attempt: equilibrium. You' re working really harder to help your steed get even. Before you can successfully counterbalance your stallion, however, you must be able to counterbalance yourself well.
Fortunately, your stallion continually adjusts his own weight to keep you up. As you correct yourself, you help to maintain his own and your own being. Juvenile horsemen seem to have a naturally good capacity to quickly achieve the right equilibrium on the horses. Grown-ups usually keep their own parts of the human organism in a different posture than a healthy one.
To us, movement is often caused by psychological, physiological or psychological stresses, injury, health problems, anxiety or simply bad attitude. In order to reach a correct equilibrium, you should first realize what it means to be equilibrated. They need to know how to prolong your backbone, how to maintain a healthy supporting system and how to build the muscle that is needed to maintain your erection.
When we can solve our own equilibrium problem, we have already solved our own equine problem. Think of yourself as a beech if you were sitting on your own pony, with earthed root, a symmetrical centre, twigs and foliage to get high. You must then come to terms with and acknowledge that equilibrium comes and goes.
Rather, you will fight to become even, to loose your equilibrium and then to reach it again. If you know your physical condition better and practise the correct position, the longer you keep your equilibrium and the faster you will recover it if you loose it. There can be enormous improvement if you just pay attention to how your mind is.
In the following pages I will give you a few practices that will help you to find your equilibrium and to ease the harmonies with your horses. Part I of the June 2008 Perfect Horse edition featured the 75/25 rules. As you will recall, this rules comes from the words of Sally Swift (founder of Centred Riding?):
"75% of our energies must be spent on ourselves and only 25% on the equine. "My one message has had a very deep impact on my riding and my work with equines. Put in simple terms, if we fix ourselves, we will have almost certainly repaired the animal. Our approach is founded on the fact that the equine animal is conceived with the capacity to do almost anything we ask of it.
So riding well really depends on our capacity to clearly express our wishes, to have clear intentions and then to get out of the horse's way and let it do its work. It is important that you take care to interact with your stallion through your own physical and physical communication. With the 75/25 rules, you have a handy instrument that you can use to register with yourself before you begin to interact with your own animal.
Here I give you tools that speak to the state of your equilibrium. Take some thought about how your emotions and minds will impact on your horses. Tools are built on a centred riding practice named "Ground, Centre and Growth" that will help you pay more attention to your own bodies.
Pupils of fighting techniques and those who practise Yogic, Meditative, Pilates and other bodily consciousness practices may already be acquainted with this place and know how to use the energies. You are strongly advised to use some of these other types of exercise as a means of improving your overall fitness and wellbeing and improving your driving abilities.
- The lower part of the log and the deeply rooted root symbolise "grounding". - The centre of the tribe is called the "centre". "Think of your centre here. - The " waxing " aspects of this instrument refers to the body, throat, skull, shoulder, arm and hand.
Practise this floor, middle and growth technology upright. Keeping your hips apart and your elbows down, keep your hips wide apart and your elbows smooth, balance your figure with the following moves. Grounding: You should have long, hard limbs. With the next breathe let the power wander through the floor of your foot into the floor.
Sense a firm bond with the floor by straddling your toe and imagining that you are letting your legs leave a large imprint on wet soils. Just think of your root grow down and out into the earth each time you exhale. Connecting to the floor should be felt most strongly in the area immediately behind the centre of the football.
" Middle: In order to help you sense your breathing, place your hand on your centre for a second. Taking a beautiful long breathe into your centre. Thou shouldst sense how it reaches thy hand. Wax: It should make you feeling like you're getting bigger and hanging on the line. These exercises will prolong and brighten you so that you can expand forward big and open.
Perceive how your torso grows bigger, how a big tree grows up, opens like the twigs, and then downwards, hard and relaxing like the root. Using this floor, centre and growth practice, I like to think of an ovale design that begins deep down and changes from back to front. Next expiration comes and joins my centre.
Finally, the growing picture takes me to the top. Riding this bike backwards helped me to hold myself back, even and big. It is an unbelievably useful instrument if you are struggling with self-confidence, working a young or young riding horse, or getting into a frightening state. Relaxing, balancing and centering both you and your stallion.
If you have the right orientation of ear, shoulders, hips and heels, you are regarded as a good driver in most events.
You cannot do this by just trying to keep your own torso in this state. It is also possible to use the help of a floor professional to criticize your driving posture. The right orientation is often alien to the human being, so that we cannot always sense when we are wrong. On the right, the four pictures are some excercises that will help you reach the right equilibrium on your horses.
In order to guarantee your security, you should consider a keeper if you have doubts that your horses can remain still during training. Your aim here will most likely be very different from the one you have been sitting on your previous stallion. Could be feeling like there's a lot more of you in the back of the seat.
Rather than possibly "sitting" on the sitting bone, you should really be able to connect with your saddle. Take a stroll and begin to bring this feeling into your physical amnesia. You can see how much more of your horse's movements you can take in and take with you. Integrate them into your everyday lives to help your bodies maintain their equilibrium and correct your position.
Extend your nape of the neck imagine "stabbing" your ear like a pony. You can see on the picture that this practice leaves a very long and even sensation and gives you the sensation of standing on the floor while standing on the floor. As a result, you may find yourself a little less safe in the seat.
Gradually and with the right exercise, this new posture will become more naturally to you. It' s really much simpler to relax and your horses will appreciate it. Please be aware that the normal walking angles of your feet are not directly in front of you. - Think " floor, middle and growth " as you breathe through your own being.
Your should sense how your physique lengthens, softens and balances. If your bones are correctly positioned, it should seem almost easy to hold this posture still. Note that the equilibrium and fitting of the nut - for you and your horses - is crucial to achieving a truly even ride. It is important for the comforts of your horses and also for yourself.
Every hospital starts with the right stickiness before the first one. And you can also significantly increase your equilibrium through barback riding, leisure jumping and lungeing. You' ll get immediate feed-back when you begin to lose your equilibrium. Try to take on the challenges yourself by driving with one hand and lifting your arms. If you can do this confidently, do compensation drills without putting your hand on the rein (tie your rein to your bugle).
Don't be worried about your horse's control, just find your equilibrium and sense the pace. Finally, keep in mind that with all types of movement you should be careful to connect with your own physical being. It is usual to keep stresses in parts of the part of the torso that are not machined. Watch out for the correct equilibrium and orientation of your horses.
You will be able to find your own equilibrium on your horses much more easily by always paying attention to it.