12-17-2009, 12:47 PM
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Hmmmmm........ Ok, I'm a tad bit confused at the moment, I'm reading mixed things here. For years, I always got stuck in the place of being able to get on anything and ride it and ride it well, but the horses owner still couldn't make it walk in a straight line. I "rode the inbetween" to the point where whatever was about to happen was corrected before it had the chance to happen, which is what I believe we want to be able to accomplish in the rider.
However, I also understand G & K's comment. About allowing the horse to find its own self carriage and only assisting to establish the balance to help the horse to sustain its own balance even when the new rider on board has none. This is done by correcting and staying out of the way and repeating in a timely enough manner that the horse is able to put the correction with the action, sometimes requiring the rider to manipulate their weight in order to change the weight distribution with each of the horse's legs.
So, where is the priority? Building the rider, or building the horse? If we teach the rider to aide the horse too much, then the horse doesn't truly own its self-carriage techniques, but if the horse is truly skilled its its travel, then it doesn't give the rider the chance to learn to ride. I guess the goal would be to build the rider to build the horse, with the optimal goal that once the rider did their job, the horse would be so consistent that the rider's aides are no longer needed and they can actually just enjoy the ride. The reward to their work being the result of their own sweat and tears? I think I think too much......