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Monday, 16 July 2018

5 Things You Have Been Taught Wrong About Riding

1.  The Reins

I find that a lot of riders seem to hang on to the reins, trying to keep control of the horse's speed, and are getting no reaction from the horse.  Rein aids should not be like this!  The reins are really only to have even contact with the horse and do slightly turning and halting along with your body aids.

If you have a horse that tends to be quick and you feel as although you aren't in control, try this instead.  Practising in walk, have an even and light contact with no pulling.  Using your body, voice and a slight and quick pull to slow your horse's gait down.  You can then do it in trot and canter.

2.  Legs

The heels down are probably the biggest problem with legs in riding.  You are taught to shove your heels down by every trainer.  Now, you should have your heels down but in a much different way.  You must have a good position and a solid upper and lower body posture.  Then you can start to imagine lifting your toes not pushing your heels down.  Then you can start to push your weight down into your heels.  You aren't pushing the weight into the stirrups but instead, think of pushing past your heel and keeping your foot light in the stirrup.

3.  Seat

Your seat referees to the areas touching the saddle and the movements of your hips.  Your seat is a really important part of riding.  You can tell your horse to turn, increase and decrease speed with only your seat.  I really encourage you to ask to be taught how to use your seat aids properly as you will see a huge difference in the number of other aids will decrease.



4.  Upper Body

I see a lot of riders that move their upper body around as they ride.  Your shoulders and chest should stay as still as possible without tensing.  The hardest part about riding is to learn how to keep parts of your body still while other parts are moving with the horse.

Your upper body should be still and stay in the same place at all times (apart from 2 point position and jumping).

5.  Arms

Your arms should make a line from your elbow down to your hand then to the horse's mouth.  That's almost all we are ever taught about our hands.  A big thing that you need to know is that your arms need to be still compared to your body but they also need to be ready to move with your horse and they need to move individually.


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