around horses and riding can offer the student:
A greater understanding of oneself and how
our actions can influence another being for the better or the worse.
An Understanding non verbal communication
and the importance of it.
An better ability to form relationships
built on trust, respect and friendship.
Respect of oneself and another being.
An Understanding of feel.
Team working skills.
Physical fitness and Body Awareness.
Problem solving skills.
A feeling of accomplishment.
On the Ground
starting with a new student, no matter what age and level, we
begin with reading the horse. By teaching the student how to interpret the
subtle language and
nuances that the horse uses to communicate, they will be better able to
accomplish later tasks. We teach each student the importance of using the
correct Feel when working with the horse.
From there we will show the student from the ground
how to communicate direction, speed and distance to the horse. (this may be done
in the paddock, on line, in a roundpen, or an open arena). We begin with
exercises that allow the student to experiment with directing of the horses focus,
and becoming able to influence the horses movements. The student is taught how
to ask for particular movements by proper positioning and timing of the aids.
(see Ground School page) Once the student
is familiar with the way the horse operates his feet, and demonstrates an
ability to read the horse and control his movements we begin work in the saddle.
We begin on
the lunge line. The student is taught how to go with the horse and harmonize
with his movements. Only when the rider is able to get with his horses
movement, is he able to direct it. The student will learn to
call cadence, learning where each hoof is at any given moment at all gaits,
later this will help the rider time his aids correctly. Balancing exercises are
also done on the lunge so the rider can find a centered seat without
the worry of controlling the horse. Through various balancing exercises the
rider learns to be confindent in their ability to stay with the horse even when
they are not in a balanced or centered position. This way the
rider will never use the reins (i.e. the horses mouth) to balance.
will be revisited again and again through the students education to better their
balance, seat, and ability to harmonize with the horse.
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