Sylvia Loch lectures worldwide on the history of classical horsemanship. She is the author of The Classical Rider, Dressage in Lightness, The Classical Seat and The Royal Horses of Europe. The following is an extra from a recent discussion with Sylvia about the art of schooling.
~ Too few riders are taught the correct use of the reins and how to handle them, but more important than ever - the correct use of the seat. Once the horse is going forward correctly, the tension on the rein will lessens until it becomes the finest of all the aids.
Contact should be governed merely by the fingers tightening or releasing (for a second) rather than any obvious movement of the hand. I still see hands which draw back or separate in a huge percentage of riders, even those at advanced levels. This leads me to ask you all, how many of your trainers explain that it is the seat and legs that puts the horse into the hand. And do they show you how? I never blame students when they do not appear to know this. Unfortunately, it is generally the system which is at fault. There is little respect for the horse's mouth and people are obsessed with getting their horse on the bit, long before they know how to achieve this!
People cannot believe how an engaged horse, ridden on a contact - with the rein straight - and not flopping - can still be as light as a feather on the hand. This takes proper schooling, but it is possible with all ~
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