Young horses: work on balance and rhythm
Preparation is everything!
In order to develop a harmonious partnership with the horse, the rider must make sure that all his work is fully justified at every stage of training – from the green horse to the big-horse, serving at international tournaments. Constantly strengthening the foundation and making sure that the horse easily understands the rider’s controls, without a doubt, fear or tension, the rider helps the horse to strengthen his confidence, confidence in himself and him. We need to know for sure that our great-bred horse will always be able to understand us and respond easily and subtly. We want to prepare her physically and mentally to respond to our requests calmly, clearly and balancedly, without hesitation and resistance — that’s what we have been working with since we first become acquainted with a young horse.
Gently starting to work under the saddle after training in his arms, the horse spends on training for 45 minutes a day, moving in a walk, trot and gallop. It is best to start with a step, but sometimes a young horse may react badly and disobey, and we can start with a gallop to help relieve tension, relax your breath and start focusing on the rider. We must “read” our horse and work with it as circumstances require. The rider at this stage should be very careful in how he asks the horse for something – it would be too easy to break and achieve everything quickly, but by force.
Allow the horse to enjoy work
A young horse must move vigorously, its body must be elastic, and its neck is long. What for? Because such a position allows a young horse not to lose confidence at the time when she learns (!) To use her body, developing the skill to carry herself (independent balance) from the beginning of her training, and this allows you to develop all the necessary muscles from the very beginning.
To become an athlete, a person must go to the gym five days a week to gradually develop his body with the right exercises. The same gradual and stable process should be the training of a young horse, which we added a new task – to find a balance with the rider on his back.
Any horse can develop a good balance and rhythm.
It is imperative that the rider / trainer recognize the fact that all horses are individual, and the training should be based strictly on an individual approach. Each horse has its own posture, its own characteristics of the lynx, needs a certain contact, which may differ from the contact needed for another horse. Some horses naturally have long necks, so they carry them high in the work. Some have a natural rhythm; some horses need our help, we need to help them develop this rhythm with extreme caution.
No matter how the situation may be, we should never force a horse to develop what we consider to be a “good” rhythm, if it can make it slow up, run with a slack back and a lagging behind. In this case, the horse will never be able to find its balance and rhythm. Using the power to create an artificial “frame”, we can destroy the horse’s confidence and balance. Over time, causing resistance in a horse with demands that it is unable to fulfill, we will make it rigid, enslaved, twisted and heavy about. Instead of a partner who wants to work and cooperate, who moves forward smoothly and balancedly, the horse can become either passive, or resisting, moving either too far ahead, or constantly behind the schenkels. In both cases, the rider will work with the worst result, and the work will not bring pleasure to him or the horse.
There is a very thin line between good rhythm, slowness and laziness. The rider should help the horse to know what a good rhythm is, giving the correct signals to it, so that the horse clearly understands his messages. If a young horse has a naturally good rhythm, the rider should not succumb to the temptation and try too quickly to ask for more power – the horse may start to hurry, fall behind. So we lose its natural balance.
If a horse is naturally moving forward well, and perhaps even in a hurry, we try to create a slower rhythm. Many horses trot slowly, taking short steps. It may seem boring, but it is their natural rhythm. The rider must be very patient and understand that this horse is not worse than other horses. She needs time, and she should get it. She will be stronger, she will give us everything she can and, if our training and training are correct, she will be beautiful in her own enchantment. The correct muscles will develop in her, and eventually she will find her own rhythm. Just try to help such a horse maintain its natural rhythm and balance; do not press on her, she may want to run away and start to hurry.