At 10:30 today I caught myself thinking: How insanely beautiful, wise and athletic he is.
One thing that helped me most when developing Cour d’Alaine’s balance under the saddle was NOT TO RIDE HIM OUTSIDE OF BALANCE. This simple, yet very tricky idea, is often forgotten when it comes to practice.
When your horse is out of balance and you continue to ride him, you ride out of balance. You can call it whatever you wish: helping, fixing, straightening – but the truth is that the horse is out of balance, and moving together means practicing movement out of balance.
The best idea is to STOP & restore the balance: Calmness, relaxation and weight evenly distributed on 4 feet. Then, you can start off again as if nothing happened, and you can see how beautifully your horse enters movement being in balance.