Why Do Horses Lean, Pull, and Root?
The “Nip Up” – A Half-Halt Technique for Your Horse
In this free video tip, Bernie Traurig teaches us a very handy tool all equestrians should have in their riding toolbox. One of his versions of a half-halt that is simple to do, he calls a “nip up.” This can be used in many instances, especially on a horse that is too low in its carriage or is too heavy on the forehand. Bernie demonstrates how to use this technique properly and effectively without hanging on the horse’s mouth. Ultimately, this should be an invisible and soft correction that you should only use when absolutely necessary so it remains meaningful. This technique can also be found in the books by Vladimir Littauer (Commonsense Horsemanship) and Gordon Wright (Horsemanship & Horsemastership) where it is defined as a Half-Halt.
Running Time: 2 minutes and 49 seconds
Application Of Aids
Julie Winkel talks about the system she teaches for applying aids that produces seamless transitions and invisible, harmonious communication between rider & horse.
Running Time: 17 minutes and 37 seconds
Developing Feeling In Your Arms And Hands
In this topic Val Renihan shows us the exercises she uses with her students to encourage arms & hands that are flexible, shock-absorbers that follow the horse’s mouth during connection, maintain proper position and are sensitive – in a word, “Feeling.”
Running Time: 9 minutes and 26 seconds
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