yes, you are still on track, that was taught then and is taught today.
What I see 99times out of a hundred is that riders are looking to the inside and down, instead of between the horse's ears.another thing many do is twist their hands, making it impossible to work out of the wrists. We call this "driving a kinderwaggon". And another problem is that the upper body- i.e. from the hip up is often unsteady, out of control as you often see when riders ride an extended trott. It looks painful.
The worst I am seeing is with some endurance riders. I often cant believe what I am seeing. they adoped a style which is unbelievble ugly.
I never believed in bareback riding for a beginner. In most cases their legs are far infront of their hips. Mind you bareback is good for voltegier work, gymnastics with the proper voltegier girth of course.
there is realy only one way to sit a sadde well and in balance. This means many lessons on the longe line, without stirrups and reins, playing ball with both hands, making windmills, etc.etc.. When getting more steady jumps can be put up to 3,5 feet- cavaletties, and again without stirrups, reins, playing ball etc, going over it in a trott. when I say many hours, I dont mean many hours without stirrups or reins, this only should be done for intervals of may be 10 minutes. Mind you a 3,5 feet high cavaletti is not really a jump. And a lesson should only be as long as the pupil can be comfortable. Some get tired after 15 minutes, some after 30, and a lesson seldom is longer than 35 minutes in the sddle, and just training a young horse, one seldom goes over 30 minutes.
Yes, one rides with one's seat, but basically one rides with one's "spine" the lower portion of one's back. One pretends, one sits on a "swing" and pushes forward/upward. Our spine has a direct influence on the horse's spine. Some of you might have heard the saying" if the jockey turns around looking back, he loses the race". What it does, the jockey moves his spine from the horse's as he looks back, and that disconnection will do that harm. This is why the good jockey looks through his arm pit.Riding without stirrups, one now has to open that seat and sits in the saddle, instead of on top of it.
I have seen many instructors putting a pupil on a horse, without ever longing them off. this is absolutely no way to learn how to ride, get confidence and a good seat. They quickly learn to hang on the reins, and I always say" if God intended the reins to be hung on to, he would have grown a couple of handles on the horse".
Each part of our body has a function in riding a horse from the ancles to the head. A good intructor will ask the pupil to do excerciss at home, like rotating the ancles, putting toes up and down and to learn then to feel the pressure their calves produce. Toes down, no pressure, toes up lots of pressure. the instructor also must instantly and continously correct the slightest mistake they see.
I also agree with Jennifer that with a young horse our hands go way down, even sometimes wide sideways, like driving, without our seat in the saddle at all.
But this is only done here and there for moments. It is often done to get that nose down and relax the horse's back on long reins.
The SEs have a super intelligence and with it sensitivity. Example:
I would put two cavaletties on the ground five feet apart on one side. Khofo would trott over it a few times. while he is still in motion I have these cavaletties placed on the opposite site (two people involved for that). He now would trott over these cavaletties too but when getting back where they were originally, he still would "trott over them"- and they are no longer there.
We now say" the horse is cheating us". Believe me, that goes for anything learned new too, like two track work. However, when it is done "cheating" it is not done by our aids and in most cases incorrectly and must not be accepted.
Also the SE gets very quickly "bored" anticipates what you want to do next and it becomes a mental poker game, of who will outthink who first.
this is why it is wise to once, better still twice a week stop any training and just ride your fourlegged pupil around.
Circle" One does not ride it "round" but to each one of the four points
So draw a circle and than top,bottom, side and side make a mark. Ride straight from such marks- point to point, but when getting to the next one it is when you start bending and flexing into the new direction. that massages the spin, because one cant bend ribbs.
Never back the young horse back while you are on top. Wait at least 3 months of good training, otherwise it can hurt it hocks. Get off, take both reins in your hands (your are standing infront of the horse- make him chew the bit by agitating those little nerves in his jawls, and then ask him by voice to
go back- only 2-3 steps, no more. Reining back is a collection, and a young horse cant be asked to be collected as yet.
Another serious mistake many riders make is, that when finished training they just throw the reins away and get off. Now the entire training time has been wasted. One should again, after walking the horse on a long rein, collect it,
bring it on the bit, and then let the horse chew the reins out of the rider's hands. Now all is won. think of yourself, when doing gymnastics, eventually you will put your arms over your head and down to the floor and breath out. It feels good, right.
Your entire body is now relaxed. So will the horse's by rounding its back ,becoming longer and releaxing the muscle system.
There are other serious mistakes, we can go into later.
And we also can go later into five of the 7 systems a horse has, to learn to understand "the motor". It is absolutely necessary to learn these systems well.
I hope that Paelmchen (roland) will enter this discussion, and anybody else with either questions or answers.
Have a grand day
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