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post #1 of 44 Old 12-06-2011, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Do you Push or do you Pull?

When you drive your car, do you pull the steering wheel toward you, or do you push it away from your body?

I am reading this small booklet by Tom Nagel about body balance and riding and in particular, the use of the deep core muscles called the Psoas muclses. In one chapter he speaks about having a revelation that all accomplished riders he has spoken with ride with a feeling of pushing the horse out with their arms and hands, with their intention emphasizing a forward movement in the horse, which allows for it stretch and recylce energy better than when the rider holds or "pulls" the hrose back to the rider's body. Pushers and Pullers.
And the accomplished riders who used pushing arms, also drove their cars with that same sort of push on the steering wheel.

So, I tested myself and of course , I do pull on the steering wheel, and I think I often ride with too much pull (too much front to back riding ). So today I rode Zulu with contact, a following contact, but kind of imagining that my reins were solid so that I could actually "push" him into a nice , forward attitude and stretch of his neck. It felt cool and it required MORE core engagement from me because I need my core to push from.

What do you think about this? Are you a pusher or a puller?
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post #2 of 44 Old 12-06-2011, 08:08 PM
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Neat, tiny, that you're experimenting & learning! I don't push OR pull on my steering wheel, iirc!
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I push more than I pull, but it's closer to the middle-- this is a really interesting bit of information!!
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Well, if anything I push on the steering wheel, but I absolutely know I don't ride that way! Interesting. I'm going to try to remember that this weekend, supposing that Lisa isn't full of piss & vinegar due to the fresh winter air!
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post #5 of 44 Old 12-06-2011, 08:12 PM
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That makes sense. I'm a puller.

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I rest my arms on the steering wheel. It isn't going anywhere.

That tends to be how I ride, too - but no one would mistake me for an accomplished rider.
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I'm more like Bsms. My hands tend to move with the horse and neither push or pull overmuch. It is my legs and seat that do the pushing. My hands try to maintain even pressure that remains consistent, no matter what the horse does. Brief half halts don't pull as much as they hold.
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Depends.... I find no matter if I am driving or riding, I push when I am relaxed and pull when I am nervous or tense.

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I dont' really mean push, but he talks more about how it's a matter of either pulling energy toward yourself or pushing it outward , with a forward intent. He talks about how other activities are either pushing or pulling activities, and how people are usually predominantly pullers or pushers.
Pulling is learning, thinking, eating , listening, reading, watching , procrastinating.

Pushing is teaching, doing. cooking, talking , writing, participating, practicing.

And , he says horses are pushers. The sort out their relationship to each other always with pushing. If you "pull" on a horse, he will push into your space.
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post #10 of 44 Old 12-06-2011, 08:36 PM
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Interesting. I push when driving. I'll have to pay attention to that when I ride tomorrow and get back to you.

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