Finding the Right Balance

Riding is not fun if your horse is rushing around like a speed demon or is so slow and lethargic that you are constantly working to keep him moving forward. Horses often get blamed for this kind of unwanted behaviour and get called crazy or excitable for going too quickly and lazy or stubborn for going too slowly. More often than not, these types of behaviours are a symptom of physical pain or mental stress caused by poor tack fit, problems with training or the rider. In this article, I am going to focus on how the rider affects the horse. But, I strongly recommend that the possibility of tack fit or physical pain are eliminated as underlying causes. Riding is very similar to ballroom dancing, as each partner influences the frame and movement of the other. Imagine yourself dancing the waltz with two different partners. The first partner is…

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