The Ten Commandments
If you understand the reasons for working a horse correctly you will be fully aware of how important it is that we also sit on a horse correctly as the reasons for both apply equally.
1. Allow the neck muscles to be free of tension to allow the head to balance and go slightly forward and up at the atlanto occipital joint (equivalent to the horses poll) and level with your ears.
2. In this way your back will begin to lengthen and widen which will allow the movement of the horse to be absorbed throughout the whole of your body.
3. Allow your lips to be free of tension with your back teeth apart and your jaw unclamped, tongue in the bottom of your mouth, if there is tension in your face and jaw, this will permeate down to your neck and into your shoulders and rein contact, and affect the way the horse accepts the bit.
4. Think of your shoulders moving one away from the other i.e. left shoulder to the left and right shoulder to the right. Widen across your chest. Do not simply pull your shoulders back as this has the effect of narrowing and hollowing your back, and fixing the upper arm, resulting in a tight arm and restricted follow through.
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