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!
– 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!
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