Clashed Aids

You can’t kick and pull at the same time and a happily forward horse.

Many riders worry entirely too soon about bend and frame, before the horse is confident and forward, before the rider’s seat and hands are steady, and before they even actually understand the concepts of bend and collection.

Before you can worry about any kind of frame, it’s essential to have a horse who is confident about going forward with relaxation, who can move fluidly through transitions and can find a rider’s swinging seat without resistance.

Once you have all these, the horse’s frame starts to take care of itself.

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