Friday, July 27, 2012

The Back as a Sensory Organ

Especially important in transitions, cultivating the back as a sensory organ is necessary for me to ride Rijkens, Tiede, and indeed all horses in harmony and with finesse.  Today during our lesson with Karen Brown we worked on "pushing into the glass wall" with my half halts-- that is using my back and pressing my elbows down.  For transitions I use my seat to spring up up up into the transition which allows me to fluidly go with the horse, and communicates to the horse through his back to make the transition (rather than using the reins).  A simple, and elegant lesson.