Just wanted to share and make note of some of the good stuff I have been reading. And kinda hoping others have some good notes from their readings to share. There are some incredible teachers out there.


RELAXATION:

Relaxation is measured by the horse's response to any aid - he should take action willingly. Where there is resistance, there is tension or misunderstanding.

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FORWARD:

The horse is forward if he is able to adjust his stride--shortening or lengthening slightly within a gait--without disturbing the rhythm of the gait. This also confirms relaxation.

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POSITION OF THE RIDER:

  • Head up.
  • Resist pulling the rein.
  • Secure the rein with the thumb.
  • Quiet hands
  • Direct the horse from the shoulders, seat, leg.
  • Relax the shoulders.
  • Relax the elbows close to the body.
  • Balance the horse directly under the seat.
  • Move the waist like a ball bearing.
  • The riders legs should hang like pendulums.
  • Relax the knee.
  • Raise the toe.
  • Apply the aids only when and where needed.



Mark Russell, Lessons in Lightness.