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post #1 of 12 Old 04-25-2010, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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what do you think the basics of english riding are?

i just want to see what you guys thinkg! (:
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-25-2010, 09:20 PM
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Rhythm, balance, suppleness, obedience, impulsion.
Not necessarily in that order.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-25-2010, 09:32 PM
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The very very basics are steering and stopping. But I agree with Strange
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-25-2010, 09:35 PM
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The very very basic is staying on.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-25-2010, 09:39 PM
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I agree with the above, but if you are looking for a guide to the "basics" I would highly recommend "The Principles of Riding".
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-26-2010, 12:45 PM
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Dressage. Nothing else to it.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-27-2010, 05:42 PM
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To me if you bounce around on the horse's back then you can't ride. There shouldn't be air between you and the saddle except when you want there to be. Using your hands and legs effectively depends on being able to sit/post correctly.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-27-2010, 10:21 PM
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Pony boy make a good point..
Balance, rhythm, suppleness, impulsion, flat work, flat work, flat work, FLAT WORK and good balance!

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-28-2010, 02:04 PM
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Good balance and a good seat- you can't progress far if you don't develop them. Transitions and steering on a very very basic level but i think balance and seat are the core to it really.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-28-2010, 09:45 PM
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Working on balance,
Two point posting on the right diagonal. etc
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