Teaching the rider
The rider needs to know correct posture, both mounted and dismounted, to be the horse’s perfect dance partner, following its movement. We teach riders to mount the horse from the interior (by sensation) to the exterior (by action).
We learn bodily awareness by exercising without the horse. We learn about our own body, how to move, how to be able to direct, with fluidity and harmony, our dance with the horse.
We must know when we are in the neutral pelvis position in the first place, and we must remember to recover it consistently.
In this position, the central muscles of our torso, abdominal and dorsal, keep our bodies naturally straight. When the rider keeps the neutral pelvis position, those muscles maintain our balance with more security and stability in any type of situation, such as when something frightens or startles the horse.
When we can respond without tension when emergent, compromising situations with the horse arise, physically or mentally, we confirm that clear communication that generates even more trust and reciprocity.
The first steps on this journey of connection is awareness. We must:
- have a clear picture of the desired result
- know what works and what doesn’t, and how to change it
- being open to change when something is not working.