#Barebruary by Mairi


Mairi joined Aspire Equestrian non-horse owner riding programme at Foundation level at the end of December 2014. She started co-sharing Tilly following her Introductory session and has been enjoying the intensive progress and seat development that I am putting her through 😉

Mairi’s observations about her bareback lessons include: 

– heightened awareness of my own body movement in relation to the horse’s movement

– realisation how pelvis of the rider is moved by the motion of the horse’s back

– how easy it is to lose balance through lousy posture!

Mairi on Tilly

– feeling much clearer when inaccurate turns cause bracing response in Tilly’s back and neck

– really starting to understand the meaning of “seat first, rein aids last”

– getting the idea of connecting the upper arms and elbows to my hips and how this affects my ability to rotate the upper body correctly on circles

– how slippery it is if I don’t move exactly with Tilly!

– how I can slow her down or speed her up by changing my posture and energy through the seat

Thank you to Mairi for sharing her observation from the lesson 🙂 I hope I haven’t missed any points she mentioned! 

Would you like to join in #Barebruary training theme? If you do, email your bareback pictures to aspire@outlook.com, post them to our Facebook page or Tweet at @aspireacademy adding #barebruary hashtag with a few words about how bareback riding has helped you with your riding skills – I will publish your photos on the blog throughout February!

To read more about #Barebruary click HERE

*Please note: I don’t accept any pictures, no matter how beautiful, of riders without riding hat/helmet or of horses wearing “creative” bits/bridles suggesting violent training methods.

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