Mains sans jambes - Jambes sans mains
I am enjoying reading your thread thank you for starting it. I heard that term everyday while working as a groom for at several barns in France and Portugal and Germany.
Originally Posted by SwampYankee
I do think however that it is primordial, before one can really understand these terms and the correct usage of the aides, that we ourselves be really supple and physically fit enough to understand how to use our own bodies. We must know how to isolate parts of our body and to control them separately or together to apply an aide correctly.
This is a huge challenge for dressage riders (especially novices) and when we start to progress and become effective at controling our bodies and emotions only then can we really "feel" and communicate with our horses.
Mileage in the saddle, yoga, pilates, martial arts, whatever but we must get there to be effective in riding to lightness.