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        06-09-2013, 01:22 AM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    Dlady, don't you just love the obscure? Don't despair - it's the norm for me to look at new concepts with a big question mark over my head until I can figure away to understand them on my terms.

    My take on it would be that it may help to think of it in terms of focusing ahead or riding towards a goal rather than 'using energy'. You're going to still use your physical aids of weight, hands and legs but your concentration is no longer directed at getting the horse to move for the sake of getting it to move but more at getting to a specific location in a specific gate (say down to the end of ring going from walk to trot part way there or going over a trotting pole, etc). Once you look at it that way, you'll probably find yourself seeing that the use of the aids becomes more second nature to you.
    This is well written and I think best describes the "energy' concept that I think your instructor is talking about

    If you are sitting in a chair, all relaxed, maybe even slumped a bit, and you decide you are going to get up and go to the cupboard for a snack , first , you'll look up at the cupboard, you'll probably take in a bigger breath, kind of lift up your shoulders in anticipation, become a little bit lighter on the chair, lean slightly forward and stand up and move toward your goal.
    It's that lift in your breath, your eyes, you spine and your weight, and your focus on the goal that is the rise in your energy.
         
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        06-09-2013, 01:33 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    This is part two of my post as apparently I`m not a fast typist and the thing timed out on me when I was trying to edit my spelling and composition mistakes. I wanted to add that if your horse is understanding what you are asking and is responding to your requests then you`re doing just fine (with or without that elusive, invisible energy). Hit the trail and enjoy yourself.
         
        06-09-2013, 01:37 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Thanks everyone, I'm beginning to understand it now. Maybe I was using energy and did know it. The things you all have been explaining I have been doing but just didn't associate it with using energy. I guess my question should have been "What is energy."

    There's a lot of informative people with good information on this forum. I've really learned a lot, especially about saddle fit and tact. So much so that I knew my brother's really didn't fit the horse that I ride so I bought my own. Even change out his bit, although I like using a rope halter.
         
        06-09-2013, 01:38 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Your energy in this case may simply be your -intention-, which is the thing that precedes every action. The idea that your instructor may be trying to get across is the idea that the horse is more sensitive than we are and that it has the ability to perceive the imperceptible (to us) precursor to the physical aid (the reins, the legs, the spurs) and respond appropriately. This is how it can sometimes feel as though we ride our horses through the transmission of our thoughts. We just don't realize that the horse knew what we were thinking better and earlier than we think he can.

    In a broader sense energy can be seen simply as the animating force of life itself. In other words, it's the thing that enables you to move, to live, to make a decision and then act upon it. Horses are very much in-tune with that, which is part of why we find them so fascinating I believe - because they help us get more in-tune with that part of ourselves. That physical-instinctual level of awareness.
         
        06-09-2013, 01:39 AM
      #15
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    Not many instructors talk aobut raising your energy in riding. But, since we want to ride with the least amount of cue necessary to get the desired result, that comes down to energy. It's the most subtle cue of all.
    If you don't care to ride from such extremely subtle cues, then you can go up to more obvious ones, like seat, and like leg, and then spur or crop. But, the horseman/woman should always seek to refine the communication with the horse, so that as little as possible is needed. This makes it possible to get a really big reaction if needed, when you DO go to the bigger cues (spurs, crop, etc).
    If you are new to riding, it is going to be hard to know how to do such subtle cueing. 99% of riders just skip right over the "raise your energy" and go straight to the leg/spur/crop. I know that I am "guilty" of that all the time.
         
        06-09-2013, 01:49 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by soenjer55    
    I'm assuming that you mean a flake of hay. Have you ever seen a bale of hay? When you cut it open, it will generally fall apart into sections. Each section is called a flake.

    It might help to write down some of these suggestions/ the main points and run them by your instructor, to see if we're on the right track with this. It might help them to specify what they mean in a way that will make more sense.
    LOL, now I know, even though I felt stupid asking this.

    No worries, I'm going to print this out and discuss it with her the next time I go for a lesson. I think I'll give her a call and schedule a lesson for next week. No other students are usually there when I take a lesson. I usually take a 1/2 day PTO time from work on Thursday's for a riding lesson. She's doing a clinic with Buck this weekend in Memphis, TN. I should go tomorrow since I have a few free passes and it's only 30 minutes away. But dernit, I want to go riding. Decisions, decisions.
         
        06-09-2013, 02:30 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dlady    
    LOL, now I know, even though I felt stupid asking this.

    No worries, I'm going to print this out and discuss it with her the next time I go for a lesson. I think I'll give her a call and schedule a lesson for next week. No other students are usually there when I take a lesson. I usually take a 1/2 day PTO time from work on Thursday's for a riding lesson. She's doing a clinic with Buck this weekend in Memphis, TN. I should go tomorrow since I have a few free passes and it's only 30 minutes away. But dernit, I want to go riding. Decisions, decisions.
    Don't worry, the only stupid question is the unasked one. I'm glad you found some good answers, and ask away if there's anything else you'd like to know. And I forgot this before, but.... welcome (officially) to the forum!
         
        06-09-2013, 05:32 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    I read it as..horse can pick up emotion under saddle like nerves an all..so if you pick up ur energy like the horse will pick up the energy under saddle, to whatever energy you give out..like confidents and such
         
        06-09-2013, 05:51 AM
      #19
    Super Moderator
    I think you have had some good answers - there is a very good book 'Ride With Your Mind - Mary Wanless'
    Could be well worth you reading.
         
        06-09-2013, 08:05 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I too think you need someone else to learn from.

    But may be telling you are not forceful enough in what you are wanting to do?
         

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