The lady who is working with me wants me to eventually be able to ride her bridle free using seat, legs, body position to drive. (Have to admit to some mild paranoia about this *LOL*). In my own training with Phebes I tried to keep a straight line in my rein, and use tension for rating speed. So my entire way of going is changing and it is really challenging trying to keep all my body parts where they should be.
So when riding your horses do you let the rein have slack, or do you keep light contact? I ride with an S-Hack BTW and have no intention of altering that status. LOVE LOVE LOVE my S-Hack, and Phebes does too. Personally I'm a little more in my comfort zone with light contact as I can react more quickly if the situation goes south (as now and again it does with Phebes).
**We worked this afternoon on nothing but getting that subtle bend. Flows so nicely on the righthand turns, but having to overuse the aids, and struggle to get it going at all on the left. She is bending better on the tight turns today, but on a larger circle I can't seem to get that little tip /bend where you can see the eye. We will have our work cut out for us on Saturday. I'll only have one more opportunity to work with her if the footing is alright out there on Friday. If I have to I guess I can do the bending from the ground. This slow work is making her want to be lazy...she is like molasses flowing out there. ~E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association