Riding with contact, a consistent pressure on the reins, is an interesting skill to learn as smooth, even contact requires movement throughout the rider’s body.
As challenging as it may be, good contact is critical to good riding. Unsteady hands that pull or bounce on the bit are ineffective in communicating to the horse what we are asking and can even be painful in our horse’s sensitive mouths.
Contact is rarely taught. Or at least not taught well. It is something that is just “a feel”. Or it “comes with time”.
While it is true that a rider’s contact will develop and improve as their riding skills progress, contact can be taught – and learned!
In this video, meet Kaitlyn McGarvey, head instructor at our HorseClass Farm Campus in Honey Brook, Pa, as we show you one exercise you can practice anywhere, with anyone, that will improve your contact!
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