Here’s some quick tips on riding:
- Remember when you’re riding to be focused on your own body, as well as the horses, but stay relaxed.
- When posting to the trot remember “Rise and fall with your leg on the wall” . So when you are trotting in a circle to your left, you will rise up when the horses right front leg or left hind leg is going up in the air and SIT when the horses right front / left rear has landed on the ground. Find the rhythm and count “1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2” to keep a steady pace.
- When cantering, don’t forget to breathe, stay relaxed, go with the horses flow, rock your hips in sync with the horse. The canter is a 3 beat gait.
- Think about your posture: straight but relaxed back, heels down, elbows bent, head up, calf resting on the horses sides, toes facing forward, and definitely don’t forget to wear a smile (oh and a helmet!!).
Here’s a nice little video, take a look:
Food for Thought: Can you tell when each of the horses legs are moving while you’re in the saddle, without looking down? If not, practice being able to feel the horses movement. Pick one leg and follow it until you know how it feels. Progress until you can feel every footfall, at the walk, trot, and canter.
Well, that’s all for now. Cheers until next time.
Kate with OCHS