Great post Kayty! I agree!
Yesterday my Lil' Buddy and I were working on our Dressage for the up and coming HT. He was having a difficult time getting his transition from the trot up into the canter, and I was watching him.....
He wasn't setting his horse up. His horse was upside down, behind his leg, outside shoulder was buldging, and he was chasing him into the transition, instead of lifting him up into the transition.
So I had him re-establish himself. Inside leg into outside rein, sitting up tall, open shoulders and to roll his hip getting his tail bone under him enough to drive his boy forward using his hind end. When he had his horse infront of him and under him, he then asked for the transition, and got it beautifully.
What tends to happen to riders on unbalanced horses is once the horse takes even a single faster or unbalanced step, the rider tenses, hangs on, grips with their knees... which turns into a spiral of gripping and unbalance and tension. The horse perfectly mirrors the rider's error. |
Very true! Our horses reflect 100% of what we do in the tack. That is why it is important that we are properly positioned so we aid our horses, instead of hinder.