It has been helpful to have play by play pictures as we’re taking this journey. They are proving to be an invaluable aid in the utilization of the mental image that I always speak about. You can see clearly how the posture is being affected by positioning of the handler and the rider.
This positioning serves as a dynamic tool for communicating your thoughts to your horse. The seat bones of the rider when you are in control of their movement position and weight bearing serves as a direct link from the horse’s mind to his hind feet.
When the seat bones are used one side at a time they provide excellent forward motion in a horse. In other words you have to put your butt into it. Get your RAS working in your mind (Reticular Activating System) and your ass working in your ride and you will be happy with the results.
When you have that picture you know when the horse is doing what you want. Without that picture you are not able to establish what you want and you’re just getting lucky.
The picture puts consistency in the rider which builds confidence in the horse. With this confidence you’re able to build on it day by day and this brings you closer to your final picture.
When you see results, these are the drive that provides the encouragement to want to continue on. Seeing daily results serves as motivational rewards for being on this journey.
This makes the journey worthwhile and adds meaning into it.
Ride Your Picture,
Trainers Dennis & Lance
This is a wonderful example of hind quarter engagement. The circle represents the movement of the horse going forward. The angle of the straight line shows that the riders seat is behind the motion of the horse and is driving the horse forward by engaging the hind quarters. This puts into motion the thoughts of the horse to cause him to push off with the hind feet which sends the horse forward with its top line angling up. Note that the ground man is also positioned to encourage this posture to come through in the horse.
The Training Team