Beginnings are everything. How you start your ride can build rapport and connection with your horse and get you both into a rhythm and flow right away.
Starting your ride with a clear mind, focused on what you are asking for and where you are going, makes a big difference, for any horse, and especially if you ride school horses.
If we are distracted, unfocused, and have no clear intention of where we want our horse to go, they will likely do the same, wandering around, cutting turns, calling for a horse outside the arena, or even making a beeline for the gate!
This lack of direction is not just frustrating for us, it can be disconnecting and frustrating for our horse as well!
In this video, I will demonstrate how to start your ride with a clear focus, as well as show the kind of start to a ride we have all been guilty of… (although I may exaggerate it a bit just to have some fun!)
After you watch the video, leave a comment. How do you start your ride? What could you do differently?
See you in the comments!
P.S. One part of being organized for a ride is having a clear plan. If you would like some help in planning your practice rides, check out my book Stay in the Saddle – 67 Exercises for Horse and Rider. You can create hundreds of practice combinations and there is a demonstration and troubleshooting video for every exercise plus a Problem Solver Index.