How do you know if you’ve got the basic principles established?
Maybe you find it difficult to verify whether you have your basics enough in order. That is very understandable, but luckily Rien has a very efficient way to check this.
If your basic principles are in order, your horse will always have the tendency to follow your hand forward-downward. You can say that the position has a forward-downward direction.
By opening your hand, you can check whether your horse’s position truly has a forward-downward direction.
Does your horse come up with his head?
Then you didn’t have the basic principles accomplished in that moment.
But hey, don’t be ashamed of this! It happens a lot… and only if you are aware of it you can do something about it.
Once you’ve got the basic principles accomplished, it’s important to keep paying attention during the changes of tempo and transitions. Do the basic principles stay in order?
How do you know if your basic principles are okay during a transition or change of tempo?
In fact, you can check this in the exact same way. Also during a transition or change of tempo, you can open your hand to check if your basics are still in place.
Do you notice your horse pressuring himself? And is there no forward-downward direction of the position of the horse?
Then you crossed the line a little bit… You lost the positive topline and good position. And that is not strange at all. It happens even to the best riders.
But of course, you like to avoid a situation like that. But how do you do that?
A good rider tries to interfere on time when he feels the horse is losing the basic principles. So you stop riding that transition or change of tempo to first gain that positive feeling again.
When you feel your horse stiffening or losing impulsion, then it’s important to fix this by going forward again. By going forward, your horse can find his relaxation and looseness back.
And sometimes that doesn’t take long, it can be fixed with only 5 strides.
Finally, 3 tips for you to improve the changes of tempo and transitions.