Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I love these ideas. I remember when I was taking riding lessons, my instructor handed us each a glass of pop and had us hold that in one hand while our horses jogged. No one wanted to spill soda on themselves or their horse, and we learned very quickly how to ride without bouncing around.
We used straws to help us keep our fingers closed.
We tucked a sheet of paper under each thigh while riding. The idea was to keep our upper thigh quiet and still enough that the paper would stay in place all lesson. Sometimes, we'd tuck one under our bums to remind us not to bounce in the saddle. If my instructor was feeling particularly evil, she'd hand us a glass of soda (mentioned above) and tell us to hold that WHILE trying to keep the three pieces of paper in place.