08. Jan. 2020.

The following hand

The independence of the hand and sensitivity are qualities that few riders achieve and put into practice. But we too can, with exercise and practice, improve these aspects.

The training arena of an international show is a unique opportunity to observe closely the great champions who in the morning warm up their horses and prepare them for the afternoon competition.

Have a look at this picture of the world number one Steve Guerdat training with Alamo in Piazza di Siena last May.

All training is oriented towards relaxation, the horse must loosen the muscles and work in serenity. There is no contrast. The rider's hands follow the mouth and invite the neck extension forward and down, in harmony.

Even the fingers of the hands are slightly open just to not contrast the movement. The result is a horse with loose and big movements and a back working in lightness. The withers are raised and the hindquarters move forward with an excellent impulse.

We too can learn to follow the movement of the horse, never pulling the reins but only creating a good and light contact, never hard.

We can practice in the stables with a pair of reins by asking a friend to simulate the rhythmic movement of the horse's mouth. Let's hold the reins and always try to follow the movement keeping the same tension. Then we will also try riding our horse. We must concentrate not to contrast the movement but gently follow the horse's mouth. We will immediately notice a more loose and willing horse.



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