Allow me to share a fascinating discovery:
Videos available to watch, for free, from the George Morris clinic. I just watched “Day 1 – Anne Kursinski Flat Work” which was about an hour long. Their live streaming has been advertised a lot, but since I work during the day I knew that wouldn’t work for me. But they also have recorded sessions you can watch anytime, and its *professionally* videotaped. Multiple angles, panning in and out, so you can actually see the rider’s movements from both sides and from a great view.
Good reminders on things I already know, old things said in new ways, and some new new things too. My main takeaways:
- Starting the ride by seeing how the horse responds to and moves off of leg aids.
- Release rein pressure to reward performance without letting it all go.
- Constantly, constantly changing contact pressure.
- Forward. Straight.
- Finesse and subtlety comes from correct position and a horse who has been trained to mind the aids.
- Patience through naughtiness, not overreacting – firm but not dramatic. Not emotional.
- Cantering one on lead and holding a bend, doing serpentines (turning around).