Fresh off the camera as I have just returned from sunny Berkshire!
The riders really enjoyed the mechanical horse sessions and the value of those has surprised me. We were able to pinpoint several interesting points to work on in all riders and then work on those in real life situation on horses these riders never sat on before. Superb tool as far as seat work is concerned as it allows the instructor to observe the rider in a way they would not be able to do otherwise.
The In-Hand work is another invaluable tool for any rider to have. We worked on practical understanding on bending, how it really happens and what horse’s legs and body needs to do in order to bend laterally. The emphasis was on understanding the importance of muscle release through the horse’s back, how this affects the ability to “round the back” and relax the neck. After initial trial and error the riders did a great job at controlling the horse’s legs and own body language – all necessary for being able to ride consciously later.
On Saturday, we also had Laura from http://www.horseandmind.com/laura.html coming to run a workshop on equine psychology which proved a great addition to the day. There are so many nuances to equine behaviour and so many things to explore that there seem to always be something to chat about 🙂
Video from the weekend coming soon!
If you would like to join any Aspire coaching weekend throughout the year on one or both days please contact Wiola on aspire @ outlook.com. You can join if you are a non-horse owner, an owner, beginner or advanced.
You can also organise training with Aspire at your own yard with a small group of friends. All enquiries welcome.