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Basic riding theory

Rider’s position and harmony with the horse
A good position is not only nice to watch but is also suitable to connect the motion of the horse and rider together. That said, no rider has the perfect position and everyone must deal with their own physical limitation.
Time: 9 min

Seeing your spot in front of fences
How to manage the distance approaching fences. During this session, Michel goes through a few exercises with his new student (...)
Time: 8 min 30

Lateral-work: the active leg
The lateral-work aims to improve the horse’s suppleness and balance. The rider will have to dissociate his aids and not work in a symmetric manner anymore. Especially to work with what is called: the active leg.
Time: 8 min

The rider's back
To keep your back straight, use your inner video. Memorise a strong image. Imagine that someone is pulling you up by your hair; you will grow tall as if trying to touch the sky with your head.
Time: 1 min

The first contact with horse
The horse’s reactions as I approach him or her provide me with precious information about the way I will ride him or her. Knowing whether patting calms him, or on the contrary causes mistrusting reactions, already informs me about how he will react to messages sent by my aids.
Time: 3 min

The rider's legs
Leg pressure must, under no circumstance, be continuous.  I believe that the best leg action is the one obtaining the maximum effect, using the minimum pressure.
Time: 2 min

The wide angle view
A rider who uses his eyes correctly can make progress very quickly indeed. The beginners I train over jumps make considerable progress by simply being aware of where they are looking.
Time: 3 min

Seated and 2 points position
Of course the forward seat requires the rider not being positioned too far forward or too far back, to avoid preventing his horse’s shoulders and back from moving freely. Unfortunately, too few riders manage to comply with all these conditions, usually due to unsuitable physical conditions (...)
Time: 4 min 30

The constant contact
To encourage good communication, the horse needs permanent contact. This means a presence that is reassuring, that is a starting point for the horse to remain receptive to its rider’s requests.
Time: 3 min 50

The rider's feet
During my clinics, it is when working on positioning the feet that I observe the greatest transformations in riders. This is what I call «the intelligent foot» because it is the foot, placed in a position suited to the situation that allows the rest of the rider’s body to be well balanced.
Time: 2 min