Common landing problems
So, landing problems can be divided into four groups: problems of the arms, legs, body, and “head” (that is, the direction of view). Let’s talk about them individually.
1. Landing problems: hands
The main reason why the horse does not move or does not hear the rider in the turn, shakes his head, resists and does not understand the commands, often become hands. Since the rider’s hands directly affect the horse’s mouth, it’s very easy for the rider to confuse the horse with an awkward effect, not letting him know what exactly the rider wants. How not to be a hindrance for a horse?
1) Straighten and sit evenly, calmly and evenly breathing. Do not tilt the case forward or backward.
2) Correctly disassemble the occasion and type it before contact with the horse’s mouth.
3) Make sure that your hands are above the horse’s neck at a fist distance, and a fist should also be placed between the hands. The elbows should be slightly bent, shoulders straightened, hands not tense, fingers closed and hold an occasion. From the snaffle to the elbow, a straight line forms without kinks in the area of the rider’s hand.
4) Feel the horse moving its head, first at a step, and then at other gait. You must accompany these movements without disturbing them, but without losing contact. The same light contact without stopping, accompanied by it, must be maintained during turns and on the road.
5) Moving, your hands should not go to the stomach. Always move them along the body, elbow back.
2. Landing problems: legs
– Heel down, take your foot back, pull your foot down … Many have heard these words. But why is keeping your feet right so important? In fact, there can be a lot of problems caused by incorrect foot position at the side of a horse. The rider falls forward, grabs his feet, picks the horse with his heel, loses stirrups, cannot give exact commands, pinches, and can also get into a very dangerous situation when his leg just gets stuck in a stirrup. What to do to position your legs correctly?
1) Take the stirrup to the widest part of the foot on the toe.
2) Turn your leg parallel to the side of the horse so that your socks face forward.
3) Relax the whole leg and let it fall under your weight with your heel down. Important! Do not pinch your leg while trying to pull it with all your strength.
4) Do not try to cling excessively with your knees to the saddle. In this way, you will only create yourself an unnecessary axis of rotation, because of which your balance will suffer.
5) Lowering your leg, do it strictly down. It should lie immediately behind the cinch of the horse and be relegated only if necessary to give a specific command.
3. Landing problems: housing
As a rule, the main difficulty in riding a rider is delivered by his arms and legs. But even after understanding them, a person suddenly discovers that not all of his problems have disappeared. And often the reason for this is the problem with the position of the body. Clogging forward or backward, distortions in the shoulders and bending at the waist – there can be a lot of such problems, and it is very difficult for the rider to notice them. The easiest way is to find out if you have problems with the case in the video or by asking another person to look at you from the side. So how to sit upright?
1) Your sciatic bones and shoulders should be parallel to each other and, most importantly, to the horse’s shoulders. Landing should be smooth, without weight transfer on one side.
2) You should not be bent at the waist in one of the parties, the lower back should not fail, or vice versa arched. The shoulders are on the same level.
3) You are sitting in the deepest part of the saddle, not on the front or back bow. Your enclosure is perpendicular to the ground.
4) The body of the rider should be relaxed and accompany the movement of the horse.
4. Landing problems: “Look forward!”
Also a common problem in riding a rider is often a lowered head. The gaze is fixed on the horse’s ears or on his own hands, his chin will soon touch his chest, the rider falls forward, he shakes, sitting uncomfortable, the coach swears. Is that familiar? To avoid problems with control and landing caused by improper head position – you should adhere to a very small set of rules that will help eliminate the trouble with your head bowed.
1) Always look forward. Do not let your eyes stare into the horse’s ears, her neck, and even worse – into your own hands. Spread your shoulders and imagine that in front of you is an obstacle to which you need to come along the most correct path.
2) Do not rivet your eyes to the ground in front of the horse’s hooves, always look just above the horizon. This will automatically raise your head as required, at the same time the position of the body will be adjusted, and you will sit more firmly in the saddle.
3) Do not pinch your neck and shoulders, do not strain your lower back, trying to lean back with your back and while continuing to look down, stooping. Always sit straight and relaxed, keeping your shoulders, head and back in line.
We hope this short list of rules will help you improve your fit and feel more confident in the saddle!