My true awakening of how horses should be cared for and how to be properly ridden was passed to me by very experienced people. Some famous, most not. But one thing was constant, the basic foundation of classical riding and the care of horses. Classical Riding is an oral tradition passed through time though a few documents have survived. The first book written in 401BC by Xenophon The Art of Horsemanship, contains the first glimpse of how to care and train a horse. The last historical writing pertaining to classical riding is by Alois Podhajsky, The Complete Traiining of the Horse and Rider, is a very detailed account of how to train up to grand prix level. This method has NO gimmicks, NO quick training and NO fancy widgets you need to buy in order to become a good horseman. You do not need to win ribbons (and spend countless amounts of money) to prove that you are an excellent rider. You do not need a lot of money. What you do need and I cannot stress this enough, is time. The saying from Alois Podhajsky, “I have time.” is the most valuable lesson and commodity that is needed.
On this page, I will write about some of the basic riding lessons I teach that are foundational to a good seat. I have humor added in because, like raising children, training horses needs a sense of humor.
This picture illustrates proper seat: Shoulders/hips/heels in straight line. Straight line from bit to elbow.
There are articles that will be added soon on how to ride that all riders can use!