Beginning Horse Riding : Understanding Balanced Horse Riding
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Beginning Horse Riding : Understanding Balanced Horse Riding

October 26, 2019


We’re going to now talk about understanding
when in fact we do have this correct and balanced movement that we are hoping for. We’ve learned
a lot about hands and legs and pressure and the amount of pressure, but what about the
new rider who comes out here and says, I’m not sure I get it. What is it I’m looking
for exactly, and what do I feel as I’m on top of this horse? Our rider’s going to go
out and she’s going to begin her jog. We want to be sure that our horse feels as though
it’s tracking forward in that bent and balance flexed position, in a ground covering fashion,
and then we need to recognize some of the pit falls, especially those of use who have
never spent the hours in the saddle that might bring us to recognizing just exactly is it.
What are we trying to tweek? What are we trying to fine tune to get that very best movement?
We know we want a relaxed horse that’s not caught up in a tense way, to create what we’re
looking for. A rider needs to be sure that they’re sitting deep in the saddle with their
foot just lightly resting in the stirrup. It’s very common when a horse is what we call
“jiggy”, something high energy, young, and looking for that, you know, rider who’s going
to help them put together the most relaxed movement in a forward way. If you feel your
horse beginning to get “jiggy”, or starting that, where they feel like they’re tensing
up and anxious, you want to be sure that your body, your seat, your leg, is giving it, the
horse, the most relaxed feeling that you can possibly give. I see this horse now beginning
to relax a little bit, whereas in earlier sessions, he was a little bit uptight. We
want to be sure that if they’re hind quarters are not tracking nicely in place, don’t first
look at, how do I fix or move the hind quarter back in place with another bit of pressure.
Maybe we’ve put too much pressure on that inside leg. There’s always the idea that we’re
going to try to back off on the pressure to fix the horse rather than add it. However,
if that doesn’t work, there may be the need to add that additional pressure. Learning
how the leg puts pressure, how the hands create pressure, is the first step in them getting
used to feeling, did we get the correct result as we added those pressures. Our rider now
is going to try to stretch that leg long, relax it in its correct position, put the
least amount of pressure to get the best outcome, and see that this horse relaxes as we move
forward in to our training session.

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  1. Wonderful teacher. She understands the questions that riders have and need answered. I like her style of teaching. Bravo!

  2. I've been riding on and off since I was six,

    Going to horse camp in two days! gotta brush up on some of my skills 🙂

  3. its where you go to camp with horses… er thats not helpful
    you go to a stable with your horse or a horse from the stables and ride and groom and go on trips and stuff with your horse! you usually sleep on straw and stuff its great! I got back about a month ago lol

  4. Considering that this is a beginners lesson, everything was well taught.
    Going into detail one would have to comment on the posture of the rider. Elbow, wrist, hand (of the rider) don't line up with the horses nose. The rider keeps looking down at all times and even leaning to the inside of the circle. This is not helping to be balanced. So working at the riders posture would be more important than working on the horse itself. This horse isn't very supple, but ok for the job asked. Good video!

  5. @prinsses9742 Question to ask would be:
    Does your horse maintain collection? If so; sit back and find the rythm of the two of you. Leaning back isn't quite appropriate as you are putting too much pressure on the horses loins. This makes it hard for the horse to stay collected.
    If your horse does not maintain collection go back and look for the reasons why. Hope this helps.

  6. @elvensungoddess
    Same in western riding. No matter if English or Western; if your hands are that far apart it's a mistake and will make you loose points.
    But don't forget this is a beginner and she is working towards the overall goal. Maybe she is addressing this at a later point.

  7. When western riding was invented, it was much more practical to not post because you had much better balance when twisting around corners and sharp turns and the like when herding, and when roping cattle, you didn't have to worry about the post plus trying to stay in the saddle while getting yanked by a cow or calf.

  8. @WeeGal159 I think the stirrups are a tiny bit longer for normal riding than english riders generally have them, so they can't really rise out of the saddle anyway.

  9. @Chloe5558 you need to think about what she's teaching the horse. If you look, she's teaching to the horse to keep his face bended to the inside

  10. i like posting, but only on horses that i have a little more difficulty sitting. Nothing beats sitting a very nice trot, though it can definitely be unpleasant. neither is better than the other, though.

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