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Two weeks ago I posted an article titled “Less is More,” where I shared what I had taken away from several recent learning experiences.

What I heard over and over during the lectures and clinics I attended was the importance of breathing, and of breathing correctly.

Correct breathing is essential to good riding. It affects our balance in the saddle, our ability to move with the horse, and our mental state. In this video, I share a key strategy for breathing better and an easy exercise you can try the next time you ride.

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Do you have any other tips for better breathing? Share them in the comments!

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  1. Hi Callie,
    Breathing or the breathe is the focus in yoga (at least the traditional type of yoga that I practice). It takes a lot to really breath deeply with awareness, but it is always amazing the difference one feels. I am really working on breathing and relaxing when I ride, as neither seem to come easy to me while on the horse. Thanks for another great post.

    Nancy

  2. So important to think about thank you. Breathing in for 4, breathe out 4 , pause 2, is a nice pattern for slowing. Breathing out for transitions seems to help, does this ring true for you Callie? Breathing in too deep seems to cause tension maybe. The breath out and pause may be the most important. Practising in everyday life regularly is important too. Now to master it on the horse.

  3. Thanks Callie! I practice this sort of breathing when I tense up or when my horse
    gets worried. It helps a lot – especially if you ease up on the reins and stay loose in your body.
    It amazes me how well my horse will respond – to so little!

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