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No clear beat in the trot yet, but talk about going upwards! The crunches are definitely affecting her core-strength!!! #icelandichorse #crunchesresults#selfcarriage

Some days I love teaching; more than I love riding! #lovewhatyoudo #selfcarriage #lookatthatsmile #colouredcobequestriancentre

Teaching #selfcarriage so that your #horse doesn't need you nagging at him all the time is an important part of your #horsemanship. Especially when the horse advances into the #bridle

On Sunday I was nearly in tears trying to get through my ride. I want to send a huge THANK YOU to the wealth of knowledge @d_gagnon7 !!!! She put up with my attitude and gained me the tools to start teaching Riff to carry himself and had me LOPING ONE HANDED which is a huge step for us ☺️ she had both myself AND Riff gaining back the confidence we needed in each other to work together.
It was a bit of a rough year transitioning to one hand and a shank but I am more than ever looking to advancing this over the winter! Nothing but smiles now πŸ˜†πŸ˜ and of course my personal cheering team @beatricereimer123 and @mgagnon22 #appaloosa #appylove #training #working #selfcarriage #confidence #teamwork

#selfcarriage Sofia style

Building muscle and encouraging acceptance of contact. Longeing with a surcingle and side reins. Fantastic for V10's very first time in this tack!
#selfcarriage #onthebit #toplinefordays #tailgamestrong #jumperintraining @teakhound @devitoequestriancenter @shapleys

On our way to better self carriage... Screenshot from video by @mariakristiinas #equestrian #dressage #selfcarriage #workinprogress #kadet

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On Sunday I was nearly in tears trying to get through my ride. I want to send a huge THANK YOU to the wealth of knowledge @d_gagnon7 !!!! She put up with my attitude and gained me the tools to start teaching Riff to carry himself and had me LOPING ONE HANDED which is a huge step for us ☺️ she had both myself AND Riff gaining back the confidence we needed in each other to work together.
It was a bit of a rough year transitioning to one hand and a shank but I am more than ever looking to advancing this over the winter! Nothing but smiles now πŸ˜†πŸ˜ and of course my personal cheering team @beatricereimer123 and @mgagnon22 #appaloosa #appylove #training #working #selfcarriage #confidence #teamwork

The Academic Art of Riding has been a part of our lives since 2013. I felt that we never really fit in in the Β«regularΒ» forms of dressage, so when I found AR, I felt that we somehow got home 😍🏠 We have been on some clinics and have had private lessons with great instructors. Our only goal is a #strong and #healthy horse that are having #fun training and to one day can reach #selfcarriage πŸ˜ƒ The journey is the destination, and our main focus is to just have fun 😁 This pic is from May this year and from a clinic with instructor Stine Larsen! We learned SO much 😍 Here Natasja and I are doing a shoulder-in πŸ˜„#academicartofriding #AR #AAOR #dressage #dressagetraining #dressagehorse #dressagehaflinger #alternativedressage #haflinger #haflingerhorse #training #horsetraining #positivedressage

Ranch pony day today πŸ’πŸ€  #westerndressage #bosaltraining #hackamore #selfcarriage

Yesterday this was our practice. Today Ms. Willow earned herself a Reserve Champion ribbon in the Green Hunters. #showprep #softfeel #selfcarriage

#wednesdaywisdom Always ride from your leg to your hand. This generates self carriage like nothing else will πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’œ #humpday #selfcarriage #impulsion #lifegoals #squadgoals #blackberry #kisforkooper #wednesday #twohearts

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Tightness and/or weakness in the thoracic sling may lead to crookedness or cause a horse's motion to appear downhill and on the forehand. If the thoracic sling is tight, the propulsion from the hind end has nowhere to go! This is important for all riders to understand if their goal is to attain self-carriage. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €Horses lack collarbones which means there isn't a bony connection between the front limbs and trunk. This is where the "thoracic sling" comes into play - it connects the inside of the shoulder blades to the ribcage and suspends the chest. The thoracic sling on a horse mainly consist of the serratus ventralis thoracis and pectoral muscles. When the sling muscles are contracted they lift the trunk and withers (which make them important for self-carriage). β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
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Big questions we get: "once you get the horse *motivated* to move (through play), how do you *improve* the horse's movements? If the horse has autonomy, how do you work on his balance and collection? If you can't use pressure, how do you influence and guide the horses movement? How do you get the hind legs to step more under? How do you help the horse not be so crooked?" And on and on... all great questions.
Our answer is this:
* * We DO use pressure. We just don't use it until AFTER the horse fully understands and trusts his right to refuse. But...
* We don't use pressure to directly *fix* the horse's movement, but rather to change the task in some way, and it is the task and environment together that will improve the horse's movement as side-effect.
* We work very systematically on improving the horses motor control, by first improving proprioception and mobility. This *alone* can often help automatically "correct" asymmetry dysfunctions.
* Next we work on improving the horse's core stability, which WILL NOT happen by micro-managing the horse into a "correct"-looking movement. We challenge the horses balance in safe positions, to improve stability in pretty much the same way you improve human stability-- by causing the brain/body to reflexively *turn on * stabilizers.
* THEN we can start creating activities by changing the task and environment in ways that will cause better movement as a side-effect. For example, slow transitions facing downhill are going to automatically cause the horse's movement system to develop the SAME patterns needed for collection.
* Bigger and more expressive trot strides? Give the horse an activity where that happens automatically, such as chasing the bag. Soon, you do not need the bag.
* Want the horse to be less crooked? First improve his mobility and stability and NOT make that "weak" hind leg take more weight. Which makes it worse in the long run. We never make or even ASK the horse to "step more under" or "take more weight" with one leg... we do not ask the horse to "lift that shoulder and shift your weight in this way..." but instead design an activity where it is automatic. Only THEN will the horse "own" it. πŸ’ͺ

Giving and retaking the rein.....why is that important? For many reasons...πŸ‘‡
1. To check the horses #selfcarriage
2. Test the riders #seat and #leg aids
3. To #reward good work
4. Increases #motivation
5. Encourages #relaxation 🐎❀
"Shasta" showing great self carriage, relaxation, rideabilty and self confidence in his session today. Looking forward to #competing this guy agasin soon. Thanks lisa for the opportunity to #school your beautiful boy 😍😍😍 #horseintraining #stockhorse #flatwork #dressage #viewsequestrian

Never underestimate the power of working on the ground #lunge #groundwork #horses #selfcarriage #dressagehorse #dressage #eventing #equestrian

It is already time for our 8th training principle! Before you attempt anything with your horse, you should understand the 10 Principles of Training. . 'Principle 8 - Train self-carriage.' Train the continuation of locomotory responses so that the horse learns to β€˜keep going’ in speed, line and posture to avoid any need for constant rein or leg signalling.Β 
The consequences of a lack of self-carriage range from dull responses to hyper-reactive responses that compromise welfare, performance, and rider safety. .Β 
Always take this principle into account when training. Find all ten training principles on our website. Let us know below if you have any questions about this training principle. 🐴[ link in bio] 
#ESI #equitationscience

Still getting use to a different bit. Gave him the reins today ❀❀❀ #wtpbits #bitbank #selfcarriage #painthorse #westerndressage #westernriding #westernshow

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