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post #1 of 9 Old 04-23-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Any tips on breathing?

Well, when I ride I stop breathing. I breathe normally when I'm at the walk but at the trot I slow and then cantering I hold my breathe. I think its making me tense. Miss Chatelaine (my horse) she knows when something is wrong and when I tense up due to holding my breathe, she won't canter or trot or will do a very slow version of the gait. I need help with this. Anyone got a few tips on breathing?

P.s: Usually I'm alone in the arena when I ride so there is no one to talk to. There is a radio though, maybe if I sing along to the music that'll help?

So when you need the balance from circumstances in your day, the best therapy that you can seek
is out there in the field, eating hay..
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-23-2011, 07:32 PM
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Singing is exactly what I would suggest, even if it is just the ABCs. You can't sing if you don't breathe.
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-23-2011, 07:34 PM
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Singing is a great idea, when I ride my spooky mare out I always sing, come to think of it maybe it's my horrible singing that makes her spooky
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-23-2011, 08:28 PM
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I tend to do this as well, I find breathing, especially while trotting kinda hurts because of the choppiness sometimes. I also do it out of nerves, especially if I haven't ridden in a while.

You stop breathing and then your whole body tenses and then the horse can feel the tension, which in turn will make the horse uncomfortable as she is getting mixed signals from you, the rider.

I like having music to listen to or have someone to talk to. sometimes I even carry on conversations with the horse (sometimes passerbys look at me like I'm crazy ). I haven't tried singing though.
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-23-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! <3 I will try singing and I'll ask my trainer about some other techniques.

So when you need the balance from circumstances in your day, the best therapy that you can seek
is out there in the field, eating hay..

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post #6 of 9 Old 04-23-2011, 09:05 PM
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I'm just subbing lol... I stop breathing during my sj rounds for the entire round, and bubbles would go faster and try to get it over with quicker... She was the trustworthy horse though and sadly I don't have her anymore so I'll be listening to any suggestions people come up with.

R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-24-2011, 10:19 AM
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I had the same problem while going into the canter, for some reason I would find myself holding my breath and tensing up which was definitely screwing with my overall balance.

A friend recommended a book called Centered Riding by Sally Swift, it's a rather 'imaginative' book but if you go into it with an open mind I found that it has already helped me greatly and i'm not even 1/2 way into it. There are so many positive reviews about this book and I finally understand why. At first I refused to even read it but I sat down and gave it a chance and a lot of the techniques discussed, especially relating to breathing clicked in my head!

http://www.amazon.com/Centered-Riding-Trafalgar-Square-Farm/dp/0312127340/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303651063&sr=8-1

It's one of the top recommended books on Amazon for riding, so there must be something to it. :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-24-2011, 01:10 PM
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I will often do some yoga before I start riding, it gets me into a good breathing pattern.

Trust me, no one wants me to sing while riding. ;)

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post #9 of 9 Old 04-26-2011, 10:26 AM
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I hum. Would you believe humming is settling to the horse? Hum something with a nice slow beat. When showing pleasure my mare responded to the beat of my humming and I could control her pace that way. And no one else hears you.
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