Softness From Ground To Saddle with Josh Nichol

Have you ever witnessed the effortless grace with which some horses are able to carry their riders? It’s as though both parties are so in tune with one another that they simply glide from one manoeuvre to another. To be sure, this type of masterful riding starts with hard work. According to Josh Nichol, a well-known clinician and trainer, two other parts of the equation are clear communication between horse and rider and softness within the horse’s mind and body. Equipment First, let’s clarify a few points about the equipment you will need. Since the following exercises are designed to create uncluttered communication between you and your horse, Nichol believes that simplicity is best. For the groundwork, you will need a halter and a lead rope that is roughly twelve feet long. “I prefer to use a rope halter, as I like the way it fits a horse’s head,” says Nichol.…

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