LESSONS FROM A BITLESS DRESSAGE VIDEO:
It's an old video, and most will have already seen it, but I thought this could be used as a fantastic teaching aid for a rainy day like today.....
Notice the gaps of release this rider gives the horse in between each manoeuvre....exactly as it should be done
This is how we should ride at every level.......by perfectly complimenting the use of a concentrated rein, as well as the riders engaged body for the exercise itself, and then a relaxed rein and relaxed body the rest of the time.....and through doing this , the horse quickly learns that a release, in the form of a mini-break from the schooling is coming soon, and therefore tries harder for the exercise in anticipation of that....as shown in action here.
I don’t use spurs myself, but I have no objection to them being used correctly like this...which is gently and sympathetically, at pressure no harder than a touch of the finger, to support the other aids of the rider.
There is a lot we can learn from this video, whether we ride bitted or bitless......so I would advise to study it as it will help to improve your horsemanship, guiding you that with the release only ever being a few minutes away for the horse, that this is what your horse wants you to ride like....with patience and understanding of both of his psychological as well as physical needs.......and this is especially useful for all those left brained unmotivated introverts horses too, who will adore riders who treat them like this.
As always, these lessons have been highlighted to be the voice of the horse, in order to better understand his psychology, as to help to achieve harmony between horses and their riders.
Tracy @ www.naturalhorse.co.nz