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Horse Tips from Tim McGaffic & Ginny Elder - The Nature of Natural
Here's How Ocala is proud to partner with Tim McGaffic and Ginny Elder, who will be offering weekly horse tips every Friday.
For more information, please visit their site at www.thenatureofnatural.com.
Knowing how the horse learns and views the world becomes useful for us as teachers. We certainly become more effective and probably more compassionate! Best wishes from Tim McGaffic and Ginny Chase Elder.
April 2018 Horse Tips
Last month we talked about evaluating the horse to check out the horse’s readiness to be ridden. This month let’s look at the rider.
Mount and check your breathing. Is it deep and regular or are you holding your breath?
Is there weight on both seat bones or is it difficult to feel one of them?
Are you seat bones in the deepest part of the saddle and not braced back up on the cantle?
Your hips bones are over your seat bones not in front of or behind
Your lower back is relaxed
Your upper body is over your hips, not leaning forward or back
Your shoulder, hip and heel are aligned in a straight line
Your shoulders are back and not rounded forward
Your chest (sternum) feels like it’s being pulled out by a string not collapsed inward
Your shoulders are level and you’re not leaning laterally one way or the other
You can barely see the toe of your boot when you glance down…not your whole foot and none of your lower leg
You have even reins with even contact
You have equal weight in the stirrups
March 2018 Horse Tips
This month we'll explore the Rider's Checklist! Every pilot has a check list for his airplane before he takes off. Like a pilot the rider should have a check list for riding that includes both the horse and rider's readiness to ride! The Rider's Checklist starts with evaluating the horse.
February 2018 Horse Tips
- Create a detailed plan
- Prepare yourself according to the plan
- The approach you take will signify intention
- Give the horse every chance to succeed and only ask for what you are reasonably sure you will get
- Ride or work the brace
- Work only one part at a time
- Diagnose resistance
- Lateral flexion is control and you absolutely need it
- Soft and Supple will indicate willingness and understanding
- Soak time for you and your horse
- Create and maintain boundaries at all times for safety
January 2018 Horse Tips
When you stop and give him a rub or a pet we call this soak time. It lets the horse have some time to think about what just took place and let it soak in. So often the horse seems to decide well that wasn't so bad and is much better when you start back up.
You can give your horse this time with a little petting or without and but just let him "soak" for a while.
Each situation is a little bit unique (as they all are) but a little soak and pet time will do wonders for what you are trying to accomplish. In addition, this is a great way to build TRUST!
This should be considered in your training plan. This means that you, being the leader of the team, set the boundary or distance between you two. This bubble needs to be respected by him at all times unless you invite him in. You can move into his space but not he into yours without a proper "ask" on his part and an affirmative response on yours.
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Previous Equine Health AlertsHorse Owners: Beware Creeping Indigo - Nov 2016
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