Often times we are overwhelmed with riding we forget to ask questions. Checking in with posture, leg position, rein tension. A decent riding instructor will be able to spot and call out corrections, but it never hurts to make sure if you aren’t sure, or aren’t receiving clear instructions.
Recognize a Horse's Body Language and What it Means.
A clear line of communication with your horse starts with body language and energy. This will help you throughout your entire learning experience.
Balance. Absolutely vital to riding. Without balance you will have disastrous results.
Stay Straight, but relaxed In the Saddle.
It’s a fine line between stiff, relaxed and slouching. Your posture goes hand-in-hand with balance.
Learn About Pressure and
Release. This is one way horses learn what you’re asking. There are several ways to communicate your cues to horses. Pressure and release is at the very basic form of question for your horse.
Look Up! And where you want to go!
We don’t stare at the horse, just like your wouldn’t stare at the hood of your car. Look where you are going. Our heads are our balancing points.
Keep Your Weight In Your Heels.
If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times teaching - heels down- heels down!
Keep Your Lower Leg Still.
Yes, as much as we want to just move with the flow of our horses, every movement counts in the saddle. If you want clear communication, keep those legs still.
Learn to move your seat with your horses
movements. Seat- your bum. We ride with our seat. Learning to move with our horses helps with every aspect of riding.
Our entertainment translate straight to our horses. Stay calm as much as humanly possible.