right from my seat, how promptly
he goes forward, stops, and backs up
when I ask with the lightest of cues,
and if he knows to carry his neck in a
relaxed, low position.
An old riding master once told
me that the epitome of every great
riding horse’s training included total
refinement of turning left/right and
stop/go transitions. Again, it might
seem simplistic, but there is a lot of
wisdom in this advice. When a horse
can do these things well, he demonstrates balance and focus, calmness
and use of his hindquarters. In other
words, he is lovely to ride.
The Ride Itself
I usually start by asking for either
small circles or turns on the forehand
in each direction at an easy walk. I
cannot tell you how many horses
don’t turn well one direction, either
for a horse?