Discussions On Riding Theory
Background Statement: Riding is part biomechanics & part reacting to the horse. How much of each depends on your training philosophy.
Motion: Of the two, feel is more important.
Both is best. Beezie Madden, Micheal Matz, and Micheal Jung are examples of exemplary style meeting effective riding.
Meanwhile, back in the land of us mere mortals.
Biomechanics is hugely important. It is not simply posing in a perfect position. It is knowing were to put your heels and knowing how much the position of those heels effects everything further up. Sally Swift/Centered Riding(R) & Mary Wanless/Ride With Your Mind(R) have built entire schools of thought on the application of biomechanics to riding.
We’ve all seen people who ride like cowboys (and cowgirls, cowfolk?) yet still manage to go fast &/or get to the other side of the jump. We’ve probably all had our cowboy/girl/folk moments. Correct biomechanics will improve your communicate with your horse. At the end of the day, the communication with the horse is the important part, however you achieve that.
In sum. Instinct beats analysis.
I’m trying a new feature for Wednesdays when I do not have any saddle seat to report.
Prior Ponderings on Equitation
[Can I Ever Get Away From Equitation?]
[Wherein I Reflect on the Questionable Utility of Equitation Theory]
[Three Reasons I Suck At Equitation]
[Form Does Not Follow Function]
[Form Follows Function]
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