Forward Riding Series Part 18 - Longitudinal Control: Coordination of the Rider’s Hands & Legs


Part 18 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this video topic, Susan Deal asks her young student for longitudinal movements, adjustments of pace, in order to begin feeling when to increase or decrease hand and leg pressure. When performing transitions from a regular posting trot to a slow sitting trot, for example, the rider must recognize when she needs to use her leg to prevent the pony from breaking to the walk, likewise, too much hand will also cause a break to the walk. This ability to gauge, calibrate and coordinate hand and leg is fundamental to the rider’s progress.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 5 seconds


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