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2.22. Natural Principles. Natural Abilities - The Right Horse For The Job!

When setting out with a particular sport or discipline in mind, it’s important to consider what type of horse will best suit your needs. As horse lovers, it seems a pretty easy thing to find horses we like. However, just liking them when they are standing in the paddock may not be enough, or indeed fair on the horse when you have a specific goal in mind.

A few important points to consider, to ensure a good match may be;
• personality – do you like each other?
• experience – does the horse suit your level of experience?

3.18. Respect Gives Impulsion Gives Flexion

Already throughout the Quantum Savvy programme and previous articles, you will have noticed familiar patterns and building blocks; programmes and patterns that evolve and progress through each Level. Variations upon the same familiar themes.

Already throughout the Quantum Savvy programme and previous articles, you will have noticed familiar patterns and building blocks; programmes and patterns that evolve and progress through each Level. Variations upon the same familiar themes.

2.33. Responsibilities – What We Need To Become

By now you are probably discovering that to achieve success with horses, it is as much a journey about yourself as it is with them. Sometimes more so!

Traditionally it has been a pretty easy thing to do, to blame the darn horse when he doesn’t do what we want. Understanding horses the way that we now do, we know that they will only do as we ask and their personality, behaviour and responses are all a direct reflection of us.

3.30. Rhythm In Lateral Movement

If you think about impulsion and flexion and what it takes in order for a horse to be able to move freely and fluidly in all directions, you will soon see the obvious signs of natural flexion and therefore elevation.

For a horse to truly get his feet underneath him, particularly in sideways and backward manoeuvres, he needs to lift his body up, hence flexing vertically to some degree through the whole body. Try it yourself. Get down on the floor on all fours and try lifting your back up as high as you can. Note what happens to your shoulders, neck and head.

3.8. Natural Principles - Foundations First – Then Specialise!

One of the really great things about natural horsemanship is its ability to cross all bounds. Whatever discipline you are interested in, whatever sport, hobby, recreation or work, the one key to success with any area to do with horses is the need for good horsemanship.

2.23. Natural Principles. Learning To Say ‘No’

It seems one of the toughest lessons for humans to learn when it comes to success with horses, is to learn to say ‘no’. This is especially true for women, who are often reluctant to express their desires so strongly.

One of the major keys to success with horses is to become a just and fair leader; to mean what you say and to say what you mean. While intellectually this is a fairly simple concept, acting on it is sometimes what we find the hardest.

3.19. Introduction To Natural Flexion

After all the preparation and discussion we’ve done to this point, it’s now time to explore the fascinating subject of Natural Flexion.

Now, as we prepare to trade a long flex for a short flex, pick up a close contact with our horse and begin to look at more accurate and refined manoeuvres, it’s important to ensure that our ingredients of respect and impulsion are in place.

2.34. Soft Feel Vs Vertical Flexion

From this point in the Qs programme and continuing throughout Level 3, we will refer to obtaining Soft Feel when looking at the more concentrated and accurate ridden movements and tasks. Soft Feel is simply when you shorten two reins and pick up contact to give you a more close and direct communication with your horse, and is used when a quicker more intricate conversation is needed.

3.31. Riding Consciously

How aware are you of what all of your body parts are doing while you ride? It might seem like a strange question, however, often when we ride there are parts of us that are a little tight or tense, which will in turn cause our horse to be tight and tense.

3.9. Liberty – Freedom To Choose

One of the common things that we see in some forms of ‘natural’ horsemanship, is the misinterpretation of comfort and discomfort. Typically when it comes to playing with your horse at liberty.

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