The Balanced Horseman Part 3

Applying Observations of Balance to Under Saddle Work Alice riding with a garrocha poleLast month we observed balance primarily from the ground. I asked you to watch balance shifts within movements along with rhythm, carriage, and overall structure of the horse. We looked at some specific maneuvers and attempted to …

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The Balanced Horseman

Part 4: Practicing Lateral Maneuvers to Achieve Lightness by Alice Trindle   As we finish up this series of articles regarding balance I am again drawn to the reality that this is the critical element in our journey to achieve true lightness with horses. Actions, postures and maneuvers that reflect …

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The Balanced Horseman

July 2014

Part 3: Applying Observations of Balance to Under Saddle Work by Alice Trindle   Last month we observed balance primarily from the ground. I asked you to watch balance shifts within movements along with rhythm, carriage, and overall structure of the horse. We looked at some specific maneuvers and attempted …

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The Balanced Horseman

Part 2 Observing Balance from the Ground   For almost all horsemanship disciplines, the master will coach us on achieving a ‘feel’ with our horse in order to accomplish specific maneuvers. Legends like Nuno Oliveira and the Dorrance brothers, tried to describe for us that elusive state in which we …

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The ABC’s of Leg Yielding

How to Properly Use Leg Pressure to Control Your Horse by Allison Trimble       Horses are trained using the concept of pressure and release. This can come in many forms including through the halter rope, through your body during groundwork, and from the reins while riding. One of …

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