What is Contact?
It is important to understand that contact is not just one thing. It is a lot of things coming together. It occurs as a result of lots of other things happening, simultaneously.
Quiet, but Not Fixed…?!
When we think of quiet we tend to think of this as being still. And yet, I can bet that you realize that when you’re riding with fixed and ‘still’ hands, things probably would not go according to plan!
Contact as a Result
From here, we can begin to work towards true contact. A little like seeing it as being the ‘next step’. Contact is where, with this ‘flow’ of energy, you can begin to direct it a little bit more.
Plugging Holes and Leaks
Over time, as you strengthen the channel that you and your horse create when working together, you will be able to put more energy in without it leaking or bursting out.
Directing the Energy
When you are steering and directing that energy, it has to come from your seat and your legs. Basically, you are then feeding it into the hands.
It is important to remember that relaxation and suppleness help to balance the contact, to ensure that the energy flows.
Elasticity Through Contact
Remember, while contact should be quiet, it should also be moving.
How to Work on Contact
When you ride, think about setting the length of your reins – and then, as much as possible, leaving them there. This helps to create a consistent tone and rhythm for your contact conversation with your horse.
It is always important to remember that the seat comes before the hands.
Creating a Good Conversation
A good conversation is where people are relaxed. It also has this lovely understanding between the people involved that each person will respect the other person’s opinion and space.
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