There are a lot of different ways in which you can ride your horse from back to front. But they all have got one thing in common: a correct connection.
But can you also ride a horse from back to front when you have a loose rein?
During a live Q&A of Rien van der Schaft’s online training Rien answered this question.
I want a horse that isn’t collected yet, so that has more weight on the forehand than on the hindquarters, to be on the bit.
So that the horse follows my hand with a forward, downward tendency.
And with on the bit I don’t mean the same as leaning on the bit. I want to have a light contact, not that the horse is leaning on my hand.
When a horse is more progressed in his training and moves very balanced, the reins can be very soft and light.
But that lightness has to come from the collection.