Transforming Horse and Rider

If you and your horse can’t move freely, it becomes difficult to ride him well. When your body moves freely, your horse can move freely too. Imperceptible changes in a rider’s body that release tension significantly alter the stride of the horse.  

Connected Riding

Before, this rider is sitting behind the vertical bracing against the horse’s motion with his feet pressing downward in the stirrups. The horse’s hind legs cannot come through; his topline is retracted and his base is down.

Connected Riding

After, being balanced into neutral (posture) the rider was immediately in sync with the horse’s motion because he had better use of his seat and legs. The horse was then able to stretch his topline and lift his base, telescoping his neck. The rider remarked that the horse had never felt so energetic and light to him before!

This young rider was very open and happy to add Connection to riding. Her horse had come into the arena with all four feet in the air, high-headed, and distracted. After doing about 10 minutes of my groundwork, she settled and was ready to join her rider for the session.

Connected Riding

Before, is a rider at a CR clinic. Her horse is moving with her head high and her back hollowed under the rider’s seat. 

Connected Riding

After, This is the same rider after 10 minutes of Connected Riding® instructions. Her horse is moving in a more rounded frame with energy moving through from back to front.

Connected Riding

Before, this rider is leaning back and braced in her legs to ask the horse to go forward. This posture in the rider keeps the horse’s head up and doesn’t allow the horse’s back and legs to function as they should. Note the base of the horse’s neck is down and the horse is on the forehand.

Connected Riding

After connecting her body in neutral posture, the rider is supporting the horse to lift his base and back with more push from his hind legs to readily move forward.

Connected Riding

Before, this rider is slumping behind the vertical. which is disconnecting the horse’s hind legs. The horse is on the forehand and behind the bit.

Connected Riding

After connecting her body in neutral posture, the rider is supporting the horse to lift his base and back with more push from his hind legs to readily move forward.

Connected Riding

Before, this rider is behind the vertical and braced in her body. The horse’s head and neck are retracted, the back is down and freedom of movement is stifled.

Connected Riding

After, The rider is doing an exercise of riding slightly forward with her back muscles soft and her knuckles pressing into the horses neck. In this way, her hips, knees, ankles, and arches could get springy and allow the movement of the horses back and ribcage to come through her body. The horse could then stretch his topline and move with freedom.

Connected Riding
Connected Riding
 
 
Connected Riding

There is a „look“ to Connected Riding that sets it apart from many familiar riding styles. But more than that Connected Riding is about a feeling. It is the sensation of riding from the inside out. It is the feeling of two dance partners in perfect harmony.

Connected Riding

The mark of a rider, who is in perfect, kinetic balance, is one who is able to respond to movement. There is a direct cause and effect correlation in the movement patterns of horse and rider. When horse and rider align into functional postures, their bodies connect and move in sync.

Connected Riding
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