We've heard the terms “getting ahead” or “left behind” in reference to riding horses, and essentially, being out of balance while riding. But what do these terms really mean and what does it look like when someone is ahead or behind the motion of the horse?
In today's video, I hope to answer those questions and share a few tips for staying in balance.
When someone is riding ahead of the motion, they are usually leaned slightly forward and are probably pinching tightly with their knees. When behind the motion, a person is typically slouched and has their legs forward, feet pushed against the stirrups.
There are lots of times when we may accidentally get thrown off balance – such as getting left behind over a jump, or there are times we have habits of shifting out balance, such as getting ahead of the motion asking for the canter (likely resulting in a really fast trot). When we can start to notice our habits, they generally become a lot easier to correct.
Take a few minutes to watch the video below then leave a comment identifying a particular habit that you have. My habit? I tend to get a bit behind the motion the last few strides before a jump. I often sit back just a bit too far and can end up driving the horse towards the fence. It's one of those unconcious habits that I have to stay aware of.
See you in the comments!