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post #1 of 4 Old 01-04-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Exercises for HUMAN suppleness

My horse has a bad habit of lunging into a trot at times. He is getting much better with lots of work and time, but MY end of the transitions is just getting worse, which doesn't help him at all ... I catch myself bracing for him to lunge into a trot on a regular basis now- I lean forward and my back gets tight, which of course sets me off balance, and then him. When he 'accidentally' trots, we're both relaxed and it's smooth, but anticipation seems to kill that.

Anyone know of any good exercises for helping me practice staying relaxed and supple, especially while asking for transitions? I do have access to horses with already nicely pre-programmed transitions I can practice on too, but I eventually need to actually do things properly on my boy. I KNOW what I'm doing wrong, but just telling myself not to do it hasn't been very effective thus far. TIA!
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Not trying to be a smart-ss... but breathing. Breathing and learning to let all that tension seep down your legs and out the bottom of your feet into the ground.. is so valuable. It gets the oxygen flowing through you steadily and you can move your limbs more freely and release the tension.
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That's actually a really good thought- I know I tend to hold my breath when I get tense, I'd bet money I'm doing it during transitions too. A little harder to tense everything else if my ribcage keeps moving.
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Sometimes when I feel tense, I try to close my eyes and feel what my body is doing, and then I work on relaxing every part. It's so easy to forget how tight your muscles are holding on when you are focusing on the path ahead, what the horse is doing, etc.

Obviously don't pick approaching a corner to close your eyes :P but try it, even for a few seconds when you're feeling confident.
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