Friday, October 25, 2013
Someone needs to write the book Rider Feel for Dummies. What do natural riders do, and how do they know to do it? What are the rest of us missing?
To give an example: I know that sometimes I think I'm turning a nice corner and my trainer will tell me Ri is falling out on the circle. I can feel falling in, but not falling out -- at least not as well. When my trainer helps me correct the problem and get him to stand up in the shoulder, I can feel the difference. But starting from scratch, without that direct comparison, I'm a little lost.
Ditto with the comment that a horse is stiff on the rein going left. I usually know something is wrong but I can't always say what. I try a few exercises, like spiraling in, and I can feel improvement, but I can't always say how it has improved.
Let you think I'm a complete dolt, there are things I have a good feel for -- hind end engagement, lifting through the shoulder, for example. I guess is lateral feel I'm lacking...
What about you guys?