Hand Rhythm Exercises for Riding Horses, provided by eXtension
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Hand Rhythm Exercises for Riding Horses, provided by eXtension

October 14, 2019


If we have done our exercises on horses,
they’re riding and standing in the stirrups they’re riding without stirrups, they’re doing the hand exercises, they’re getting relaxed and in rhythm with the horse and balanced with the horse It’s just like going on a long, long
trail ride. Sooner or later, the rider just relaxes, their leg drops under them, their shoulders get square they just get to find the rhythm of the
horse and they quit worrying about it That’s what we want to do with all these kids. Once their in rhythm with the horse, once their
learning and understanding the horse’s movement, they’re relaxed and quiet, they’re hands and legs are getting independent, then ultimately, we want to take them to another level by teaching them to feel everything that’s going on underneath them. To do that we want them to find the footfalls of the horse with their hands, we want them to feel it with their seat, so that they can become an accomplished horseman. Now what we’re going to ask Judy to do
is to ride, at a walk, we’re going to start off, remember it’s a four-beat gait, we’ve got the front feet going down independently she’s going to put her hands straight out and you see, she’s going to find the rhythm of the horse’s front legs with her hands this allows her, when she starts finding that rhythm, ultimately we’re going to be able to influence that rhythm Now once she’s found it, we’ll let her look at it feel it a little bit, feel it with her seat, and remember that the horse is rocking forward, to the side, and back and forth to the other side If she can feel that rhythm, she can find
the rhythm of the horse’s front legs Now, once she’s kinda doing that, we’re going
to ask her to close her eyes and then find that rhythm, so that she can feel it and not be looking for it so we don’t look down at it. Young riders
have to look down to find it, that’s fine, initially, but ultimately we want them to feel it with their seat, and then we’ll find that rhythm with their seat so when we pick up the reins, we’ll be
able to influence that rhythm if we want Now, let’s trot. We’re going to do the same thing at a trot. finding that rhythm, and just feel that trot, feel the movement side to side she starts rocking her hips, and finding that side to side movement then we’re going to be able to stick our
hands out, and start finding that rhythm with our hands And if it’s really pretty easy, if you will
rock your hips in rhythm with that trot because that saddle will roll side to side, if you will rock your hips that is the exact same movement you’re going to have with your hands. Now, as they do that, we’re going to ask
her to step up to a lope and when she lopes, we want her to lope with her hands just like we did on the ground the same kind of rhythm there we go, finding that rhythm. Because if
we want to stop the horse, we want to stop him with that same rhythm that he’s loping with. So if the front feet go down, we’ll take hold of our reins and the
back feet will come under him. If we want to slow him down, we’re going
to slow him down in that same rhythm As we’re finding that rhythm with our hip and our hands, we’re going to be able to stop the horse;
we’ll be able to turn him around we’re going to be able to change leads; we’ll
be able to collect them and and gather them, and do all the things we want
to do to make them an advanced horse by using that rhythm. We’re going to pick our hands up in rhythm with the horse so the horse can be balanced and be in good rhythm. So, this is a very important exercise to get
the hands, legs, and seat independent where we can find that rhythm, we can influence the horse and become a better horseman

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  1. We vary a lil bit on rider positioning but I think the exercies you show here with using the arms to identify movement is excellent. Glad to see some good info out here!: )
    Red Horse Equine Arts- Chaberd1

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