As riders, when we get nervous or anxious, our first human instinct is to lean forward, grip with our knees, and clutch the reins (or the saddle horse, or the horse’s mane!).
This is not a very secure, let alone effective, position for riding.
What I want to do today is to give three exercises to help you feel more relaxed, balanced, and able to give clear directions to your horse.
The order of these exercises is not random as we will be following the Structure Your Ride Formula I introduced in last week’s video.
We will begin with a Warm Up exercise to release any tension or gripping, then do a Rider Skill Building Exercise to teach you a specific movement to counteract leaning forward, and finally I will show you how to ride a classic training exercise for your horse, and why this particular exercise can be so calming.
Let’s get started! Hit play below!