Learning to ride is a lifetime journey. There is always more to be discovered and mastered.
As with any learning process, the deeper we go, the more we recognize there is no one “right way” to do anything. Instead, there are layers of subtlety in our skills and choices in our techniques that we develop along the way.
Today, I want to share a technique that is often skipped over in basic riding instruction. It is a technique for moving with the horse through transitions, for staying fluid and in balance and encouraging the horse to do the same.
It may seem contrary to what you have been taught, but try it out and consider it an extra option in your skills.
In down transitions, especially rising trot to walk, most riders think they need to sit down and stop rising to ask for the transition – but this can result in a braced rider and a hollow backed, bracing horse. Not a good combination for a smooth and effortless transition.
In this video, I will show you how to keep rising the trot, for smoother transitions into walk and into canter.