And there’s something else I want to share…
Rien often talks about checking if you have the right connection.
You can do this by bringing both hands forwards and see if your horse will search for the contact by moving his nose in a forward-downward direction.
If he, instead, brings his head upwards, then you know you don’t have the right connection.
So you want your horse to go look for the contact.
And he ideally does that by moving in a forward-down direction.
But isn’t that the opposite of what you want to accomplish with überstreichen?
Yes… and no…
You only do überstreichen for a couple of strides. In that moment, your horse will carry himself and stay in the same balance and posture.
But after those few strides, you will want your horse to go look for the contact in a forward-down way.