Flow With The Go!
A good rider is part of the horse; he or she enhances the horse’s movement instead of getting in the way. Passenger Lessons are how you learn to be a good rider and passenger, much like you learn to respond in a car when someone else is driving. Hamlool teaches you to “flow with the go” of your horse… to go and slow, to zig and zag, not a moment too soon or too late.
Fluidity is also a solution for stiffness: ribs that don’t bend, shoulders that don’t move, hindquarters that don’t work, sore backs, hollow backs, crookedness and poor flexibility. Adopting a particular posture in the saddle so that we look like good riders is no substitute for the actual skill of becoming part of the horse.
Use All Your Joints
Riders often overuse some parts of their bodies and under-use others. But a horse uses everything to move. When we don’t use our whole body to move, it’s going to compromise the horse’s movement. Be aware of your knees, lower back, ankles, shoulders and overall balance. This awareness can take us to new heights of harmony, refinement and balanced riding.
It would be easy to think that fluidity applies only to dressage or English equitation, but it actually applies to all disciplines, English and Western. Fluidity and balanced riding are about using your whole body when riding and thus allowing your horse to use his. Every horse and rider combination can become more harmonious, comfortable and balanced through learning to be fluid as opposed to rigid.