SUPPLENESS

Photo of Margaretha and Con D’amour, Stockholm.

A FEW MORE lovely days teaching in Sweden here! Happily seeing them all progress and develop at their levels.

I’m also excited to announce new dates for The Equestrian Retreat in Sweden! Head to Retreats in the menu to find your best date. All levels from novice are welcome, with your own horse or one of AP Ridutvecklings.

And as always, a kind reminder:

A critical facet of equine behavior is “what resists persists”. Nowhere is this more obvious than in how a horse holds his head. When a horse understands and accepts a situation, his head drops and his neck flexes. He relaxes. But when a horse is anxious or resistant, his head lifts and neck stiffens. Because when a horse is unwilling or confused, he feels the need to flee. By raising his head, the horse is initiating the first phase of preparing to leave. Relaxation of the poll is the cornerstone for developing a horse that is soft, pliable and calmly collected under saddle.  We can’t cut corners when it comes to encouraging our horse to flex properly at the poll, and a wise rider therefor begins to incorporate this relaxed posture into everything a horse learns, because a stress-free horse is the best learner.

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