05-28-2009, 10:44 AM
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Lunge Line Work, Reinless.
This will do wonders for solidifying your seat, your legs and your position/balance/centeredness.
No one is too good for Lunge Line Work, this is a fabulous way to put things into check, to correct bad habits that have occured and to reposition yourself. You quickly find your seat, how to use it, and you quickly learn to solidify your leg. You are forced to focus on your two more important parts of your body because you'll have no hands. You don't have to worry about what the horse is doing, you are able to focus on you.
When riders start out at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna - they are put on the Lunge Line for a solid year with no reins before they are even permitted to ride on their own. Due to this, they have phenominal rider position, balance and seat/legs.
When you do this, make sure you have an educated eye on the ground helping you.
I also recommend you pick up Sally Swifts books or DVD's - Centered Riding. Very knowledgeable woman.
I love Lunge Line Work. Very demanding, really makes you focus, and you learn and obtain much more than you would going around on your own.