Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I find that until you find your center of balance on a horse, you will have trouble progressing. I put many of my beginning riders (and my advanced ones, too) on a longe line. The student does not have any reins in their hands. That way, they can completely concentrate on their seat and legs. A rider can walk, trot and canter on the longe learning to deepen their seat and use their legs. Only when they are comfortable with this will they spend a lot of time with reins.
People can only concentrate on a couple of things at a time. If you are having to concentrate on doing it all, you will have trouble. On the longe, you can learn to use your seat and legs and that will allow it to become "second nature" and will not have to concentrate on them as much. Then, you can concentrate on the next challenge.
Some students spend months where most of the lesson is on the longe.
Last edited by Allison Finch; 11-12-2011 at 08:35 PM.