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It is very important to let the legs and thigh drape over the horse like a willow tree. Open the thighs from the crotch creating a big upside down U. If you create the slightest A with your legs, which would mean that you would be closing the thighs, even ever so slightly, you will begin to bounce on the horse. He then bounces you instead of you bouncing him. That is when things fall apart.

Relax the body and allow the hips to lead the shoulders and the knees. Leading with the hips balances the rider and allows the rider to mark the tempo of the stride.

The back must be strong and tall, the head must be in erect alignment over the spine so the rider can feel the weight of the head in the butt bones.

There must be no hinges in the back when you ride. The butt and legs must both be soft.

The rider needs a slight bend in the knee to soften the lower leg. Softening the lower leg also makes a way for the motion of the horse to escape through the knee. The rider must feel the motion of the trot, an up-down, up-down beat. As you feel the down beat of the trot, relax down with it allowing the motion of the horse to drop down, allowing it to drop past your seat and out the knee. If you don’t allow the motion to drop past your seat it will bounce back up through the body. So allow it to drop past your seat and shed from your body out the knee.

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True balance is necessary for clear communication between you and your horse.  When communication is not clear it is always the fault of the rider.  When there is confusion, the rider must go back to the basics and analyze her balance to sort out the problems.  Riding can be a paradox of contradictions and without an unbounded consciousness of your body movements on top of a bouncing moving horse it isn’t possible to communicate clearly.  A good trainer will learn to go with the flow of her horse,  feeling his signals.  Usually letting go will create a quiet space for both of you to reconnect and begin again.  Doing less usually gives you more.  It is necessary to maintain a self critical attitude all the way to Grand Prix.

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The Aspirant Technique’s

Code of Ethics

Ride with Balance

Ride the language of the horse

Ride with understanding

Ride with partnership

Ride with light contact

Ride with a listening ear (to your horse)

Ride with treats

Ride with patience

Ride with peace

Ride with happiness

Ride with joy

Ride with love

Dance with your horse with lightness

Ride without spoiling the spirit of your horse

Ride without anger

Ride without frustration

Ride without noise in your head

Quiet your spirit and ride…

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